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Pennsylvania Governor: Corbett’s (R) Lead Over Onorato (D) Drops

Republican Tom Corbett now only leads Democrat Dan Onorato by five points in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race.  That’s the closest this race has been since early February.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Corbett with 50% support to Onorato’s 45%.  Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while three percent (3%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This race moves from Solid GOP to Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. 

Last week, Corbett led Onorato 54% to 40%, his best showing yet.  In surveys dating back to early February, Corbett has consistently held a double-digit advantage over Onorato, with support ranging from a low of 45% to a high of 54%.  In those same surveys, Onorato has earned anywhere from 26% to 45% of the vote.

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The statewide 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.

Additional data from the survey will be released at RasmussenReports.com/Pennsylvania. 

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.

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