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Sestak and Specter a Point Apart in Latest Pennsylvania Poll

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Rep. Joe Sestak is in a statistical tie with Sen. Arlen Specter heading into Tuesday's primary in Pennsylvania that will decide the Democratic senate nominee, with Sestak leading 42 percent to 41 percent with 16 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted May 12-16. The margin of error is 3.2 points.

A quarter of voters say they may yet change their minds on who to support.

Sestak's strong showing comes despite the fact that 43 percent of likely voters haven't heard enough about him to form a
favorable or unfavorable opinion.

When Sestak was asked on CNN's State of the Union Sunday whether that poll finding suggested that his showing was more a referendum on Specter than support for his candidacy, Sestak said only, "I think it is a race where actually everybody knows Washington is broken and everybody knows that if you're going to still send back to Washington, D.C. a career politician that actually would switch his party as he said to keep his job, then we are not going to fix the mess that we got into by sending him back."

Joe Sestak Arlen SpecterThe last Muhlenberg College/Daily Call tracking poll, conducted May 12-15, had Sestak and Specter exactly tied at 44 percent each with 11 percent undecided.

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