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Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey (R) Holds Smaller Lead Over Sestak (D)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Republican Pat Toomey now holds just a four-point lead over Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. It’s the closest the contest has been since May.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Pennsylvania shows Toomey earning 48% support to Sestak’s 44%. One percent (1%) like another candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) remain undecided with less than two weeks until Election Day. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The race now moves from Solid Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Less than two weeks ago, Toomey held a 10-point lead, 49% to 39%. The tightening of the race comes from an increase in support for Sestak while Toomey’s support remains steady.

The survey was taken Thursday night, one night after the candidates held their first debate, each accusing the other of being too extreme for Pennsylvania voters. The candidates will hold their second and last debate tonight.

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The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Pennsylvania was conducted on October 21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

More information from this survey will be released at RasmussenReports.com/Pennsylvania.

Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers from Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial contest this weekend.

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