Toomey Up 5 Points, Corbett Up 10 As Election Nears

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Left: Democrat Joe Sestak campaigns Friday for the U.S. Senate in Throop, Pa. (Michael J. Mullen / Scranton Times & Tribune) Right: Republican Pat Toomey campaigns Saturday. (Akira Suwa / Staff)

A Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning calls the race for the U.S. Senate "neck-and-neck," with Republican former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey leading his Democratic foe, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak by 5 points among likely voters. In the race for governor, Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett holds a 10-point lead over the Democrat, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

Corbett and Toomey rallied about 100 Republican supporters this morning at a hotel next to the Northeast Philadelphia Airport before flying off for a barnstorming tour of the state to encourage voter turn-out in tomorrow's general election. Both men pitched their campaigns as critical for the future of the state's children.

"Don't do it for me and don't do it for yourself but do it for the children of Pennsylvania, because that's what this race is about," Corbett said when asking for voters. "This is a generational election."

Toomey complained about "misguided policies" from President Obama's administration, called for the 2003 tax cuts to be made permanent for people of all incomes and vowed to control federal spending if elected.  "Elections don't get won by accident and nothing is inevitable," Toomey told the crowd. "I feel like we have a victory in reach but it is not in hand."

Sestak and Onorato spent this morning campaigning at transit stops in Philadelphia.  They will join first lady Michelle Obama this evening at a rally at the University of Pennsylvania.

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