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Rasmussen: Toomey, Sestak Locked in a Tight Race

Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 02:51 PM

Republican Pat Toomey still holds a small lead over Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in the closing days of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters shows Toomey picking up 50 percent of the vote to Sestak's 46 percent . One percent like some other candidate and three percent remain undecided.

This race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

A week ago, Toomey, a conservative activist who previously served in Congress, held a similar 48 percent to 44 percent edge over Sestak. The recent tightening of the race comes from an increase in support for Sestak, while Toomey’s support remains fairly steady. Sestak’s support is now at its highest level since mid-May, following a brief bounce after his Democratic Primary win over incumbent Senator Arlen Specter.

At the same time, the latest results mark the first time Toomey has reached 50 percent since polling of the race began in February. Prior to today’s release, Toomey has earned 42 percent to 49 percent support since February, while Sestak has picked up 36 percent to 46 percent of the vote.

The survey of 750 likely voters in Pennsylvania was conducted on Oct. 28, 2010, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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