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Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey (R) 49%, Sestak (D) 41%

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Republican Pat Toomey inches closer to the 50% mark this month in his best showing yet in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Pennsylvania, with leaners included, shows Toomey earning 49% support, while Democratic hopeful Joe Sestak picks up 41% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.

The contest continues to be rated Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Late last month, Toomey held a 48% to 42% lead over Sestak when leaners were part of the totals.

Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate. From this point forward, Rasmussen Reports considers results with leaners the primary indicator of the race.

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The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Pennsylvania was conducted on September 13, 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.

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