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Sestak & Toomey Tied In Senate Race, New Poll Shows

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has narrowed the gap on former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll that shows the Democrat and Republican tied 43-43 percent in the race for the U.S. Senate. Toomey held a 8 point lead on Sestak in the University's April 8 poll. But then Sestak went up on television with campaign ads to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary election. By May 13, Sestak was in a virtual tie with Toomey, according to the university's poll that day.

Sestak & Toomey Tied In Senate Race, New Poll Shows

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has narrowed the gap on former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll that shows the Democrat and Republican tied 43-43 percent in the race for the U.S. Senate.  Toomey held a 8 point lead on Sestak in the University's April 8 poll.  But then Sestak went up on television with campaign ads to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary election.  By May 13, Sestak was in a virtual tie with Toomey, according to the university's poll that day.

The poll shows both candidates with strong backing from their political parties while Toomey has a 44-35 percent lead on Sestak with independent voters, a key group to be courted for the Nov. 2 general election.  There's still a lot of room for both to grow, since about half of the voters in the poll said they didn't know enough about the candidates to form an opinion.

On that front, Toomey has the advantage for now.  Federal Election Reports due tomorrow will show that he has $4.65 million in the bank while Sestak has $2 million.  Toomey is already spending money, introducing himself to voters through campaign ads on television while Sestak is not on the air.

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