Toomey v. Specter: All square in the race for U. S. Senate, poll finds


Pat Toomey has drawn into a statistical dead heat with Arlen Specter – 44-45 percent -- in the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University.

And, perhaps worse for Specter, who switched to the Democratic party earlier this year, the poll also found that voters by a 49-40 margin believe he doesn’t deserve re-election.

Specter’s lead over the Toomey, a conservative Republican, has steadily evaporated over the past several months, according to Quinnipiac polls. In May it stood at 53-33 percent.

“Voters see Sen. Specter much less favorably than they once did and are net negative about giving him a sixth term in the U.S. Senate,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

But on the plus side, Specter is doing well within his new-found party, leading U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak 55-23 percent in the race for the Democratic nomination, the Connecticut university’s survey showed.

The poll also found that Pennsylvania voters still give President Obama a high approval rating, 56-37 percent, although it’s down from the 62-31 percent he enjoyed in late May.

U.S. Sen. Robert Casey has a 53 – 25 percent job approval rating, according to the poll. It was conducted from July 14 – 19, surveyed 1,173 Pennsylvania voters and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.


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