Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pennsylvania Polls (Senate)

Politico reports on polls jumping all over the place, measuring potential matchups in next year's U.S. Senate race here in Pennsylvania.

Some recent polls mentioned in that post show former Congressman Pat Toomey, who has a good shot at winning the Republican nomination, leading both incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter, and Specter's main primary opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak.

If, as they say, a week is a long time in politics, then six years must be an eternity. But it would be quite a comeback for Toomey if he could beat Specter in the 2010 general election, after having failed to defeat the senator in a closed Republican primary, in 2004. Before he switched parties, Specter had a tougher time with the Republican primary electorate, than in general elections, when he could count on a fair amount of Independent and Democratic support.

It's early days yet; I imagine the polls will fluctuate quite a bit over the next few months.

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