View Full Version : Joe Sestak Slips In Poll Against Pat Toomey

06-07-2010, 07:10 PM

Maybe it's no surprise that the polls are already flip-flopping in the Pennsylvania race for U.S. Senate.

After all, both Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak are outsiders -- both having fought their party establishments -- and both are relatively unknown to voters.

Sestak got a big bounce after beating long-time incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, but now the polls are settling back to where they were before the primary -- a small but credible lead for Toomey.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows Republican U.S. Senate candidate Toomey in the lead over his Democratic challenger Sestak.

The poll of 500 likely voters -- with a somewhat larger 4.5 percent margin of error -- has Toomey ahead of Sestak, 46 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent undecided or preferring others.

After his stunning upset of Specter, Sestak got a bounce that put him in the lead in this same poll just two weeks ago, with Sestak at 46 percent and Toomey at 42 percent.

So what happened in the meantime?

First, after the primary, Toomey spent slightly less than $100,000 in the western Pennsylvania television market alone, attacking Sestak as a liberal.

Second, the White House admitted that it tried to keep Sestak from running against Specter by offering him a job. Sestak turned down that offer and did nothing wrong, but some think the attention may have hurt him.

"It is playing a role, but I wouldn't expect it to be the decisive role," said Scott Rasmussen, president and CEO of Rasmussen Reports.

According to this poll, 52 percent say the job offer is at least somewhat important to how they vote, while 41 percent say it's not very important at all.

But most voters are still just getting to know both Toomey and Sestak.

Rasmussen told KDKA-TV Money and Politics Editor Jon Delano that 20 weeks before voters head to the polls in November, this race is still up for grabs.

"No question about it. Neither candidate is running away with it," Rasmussen said.

As voters get to know more about the candidates, pollsters expect these numbers to flip-flop.

The Toomey campaign hailed today's new poll while the Sestak campaign says it's not worried because voters don't really know yet about Toomey's ties to Wall Street.

Along with more polls, the political spin is likely to continue for the next 20 weeks.


06-07-2010, 07:43 PM
Sestak has "obamacooties".

It's going to be fatal by November.