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GOP's Pat Toomey Leads Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania Senate Race

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Republican Pat Toomey holds a 50 percent to 43 percent lead over Democrat Joe Sestak in the race for the Pennsylvania Senate seat held by Republic-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Sept. 15-19. Seven percent are undecided. The margin of error is 3.8 points.

While both candidates get strong support from their respective parties, Toomey, a former congressman and onetime head of the conservative Club for Growth, leads Sestak by 54 percent to 36 percent, with 10 percent undecided. Sestak is a second term congressman representing suburban Philadelphia who defeated Specter for the Democratic nomination after Toomey's challenge forced Specter from the GOP race.

Eight-five percent of voters say they have made up their minds, with about an equal number of certain supporters for Toomey and Sestak.

Joe Sestak, Pat Toomey Fifty-two percent of voters say they want a senator who will oppose President Obama's policies, while 43 percent want someone who will support them, with 5 percent undecided.

"Toomey's lead among independents is why he is ahead," said Quinnipiac's Peter Brown. "With only 7 percent of the likely voters undecided ... the battle for the Senate seat appears likely to come down to a relatively small number of voters and in the final weeks expect the campaigns to target their messages for those undecided and softly committed voters."


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rontrigger

I think what happened is that Mr. Drake failed to say that the 54-36 lead for Toomey was among independents. Which is the only explanation for the comment from Mr. Brown of Quinnipiac in the last paragraph.

September 22 2010 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kenneth

I just saw the new add for Sestak vs Toomey. It talks about his 30 serving in country as a naval pilot. Then states what would you rather have a person serving his country or someone who served wall street. What did he do on wall street. Broker,investor,what? The only comment after viewing the ad was what is your point!

September 22 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blainrut1

I see two polls the first 50 percent to 43 from Quinnipiac, but the second one,54 percent to 36 percent, is not ascribed...who did the 54-36 poll?

September 22 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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