Election 2010: Specter Pulls Ahead In Quinnipiac Poll

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter is having a good week.  First, work on the long-delayed dredging project on the Delaware River got under way yesterday.  Specter has been pushing the project, which is expected to create up to 125,000 jobs, for decades and now it is making news ahead of the May 18 Democratic primary election.  And Quinnipiac University is out today with a new poll, showing Specter holding a lead against U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the primary and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey in the general election.

The poll shows Specter leading Sestak by 53-29 percent among registered Democrats.  Specter also opened up a lead on Toomey, leading 49-44 percent.  Specter has maintained a consistent lead over Sestak going back to mid-2009.  He has been locked in a virtual tie with Toomey since last July, according to past Quinnipiac polls.

Sestak and Toomey both have room to grow if they can raise voter awareness about their campaigns.  Polls dating back to July show opinions about Specter to be pretty well formed, with few people saying they haven't heard enough about the long-time legislator.  Meanwhile, 65 percent of the 1,452 people polled from Feb. 22-28 said they have not heard enough about Toomey to express an opinion while 74 percent felt that way about Sestak.

You can check out the poll's results here.