With about seven months remaining before the 2018 elections, Democratic candidates are in strong positions across an array of races within Pennsylvania, according to Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion/Morning Call poll released Wednesday.
The poll, which is bound to depress Republicans in the GOP-leaning Keystone State, found:
- Incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., has solid leads over an array of potential Republican nominees in his bid to win a second term as the Commonwealth's chief executive.
- In the U.S Senate race, Democrat incumbent Bob Casey Jr. holds substantial leads against two potential Republican challengers: Congressman Lou Barletta and State Representative Jim Christiana.
- In a generic ballot in the midterm congressional elections, the state's voters are leaning toward Democrats over Republican candidates, with 47 percent of voters preferring the Democrat in their district compared with 38 percent supporting a Republican.
- Some 55 percent of voters disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance with just 39 percent supporting it.
- In regard to FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, 7 out of 10 voters believe Mueller should be able to finish the investigation.
The poll of 414 Pennsylvania voters was conducted from April 4-12, and has a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percent.
The poll follows the upset victory of Democrat Conor Lamb, who jolted Pennsylvania by winning a special election last month. Lamb bested Republican Rick Saccone by 755 votes in a Pittsburgh-area district that Trump won by almost 20 percentage points in the 2016 presidential race.
Lamb, 33, who will serve out the remaining eight months of former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy's term, was sworn into the House of Representatives by outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. His victory has energized Democrats who believe it was an early sign of an upcoming GOP bloodbath in the midterm elections.
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