Reuters-Ipsos poll: Pennsylvania Senate race tied with one week left

October 26, 2010

The Pennsylvania Senate race has tightened up considerably a week before the Nov. 2 election and is likely to be hard fought to the end.

USA-ELECTIONS/Republican Pat Toomey, who had a 10 percentage point advangate among likely voters in August, is now locked in a tight race with Democrat Joe Sestak — tied at 46 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll.

They are battling for the seat of Senator Arlen Specter who lost to Sestak in the Democratic primary. Pennsylvania is one of the key states that will determine whether Republicans can pick up the 10 Democratic seats they need to seize majority in the Senate.

The White House has been watching the latest polls on this race with great interest and President Barack Obama will visit Pennsylvania during his final campaign push this weekend with the aim of giving Sestak an added boost.

“There are only 6 percent remaining who are undecided so this race will most likely continue to be hard fought until election day,” Ipsos pollsters say.

More participants gave Sestak higher marks than Toomey for policies on China 33-28 pct, keeping jobs in the United States 37-31 percent, and standing up for America’s interests 40-34 percent. Toomey scored better than Sestak on the issue of balancing the budget 36-28 percent.

In the Pennsylvania governor’s race, Republican Tom Corbett has a 6 percentage point advantage among likely voters over Democrat Dan Onorato, 49-43 percent. This is a closer race than seen in the August poll when Corbett had a 15 percentage point advantage.

Photo credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer (Toomey supporter)

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