By Carole on Jul 14, 2010
Perennial swing state Pennsylvania is making a slow and steady turn to the right this election season. Fueled by dismal approval ratings for their current Democratic governor and senator and a strong backlash against President Barack Obama's handling of the immigration issue, voters in the Keystone State are sounding off against the Obama party and the Obama agenda and they're putting their money where their mouths are.
In the race for Governor, Republican Tom Corbett has a 7 point lead (44% - 37%) over Democrat Dan Onorato according to a new a Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday. Mr. Corbett certainly owes some of his success to current Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D). According to the same poll, 50% of voters disapprove of the current governor's job performance while only 42% approve and 55% don't want the next governor to continue Mr. Rendell's policies (only 32% want those policies kept in place).
On the issue of immigration, more Pennsylvania voters are in favor (47% - 34%) of their state adopting an immigration law similar to that of Arizona and 60% think the Obama Administration's lawsuit to block its implementation is a bad idea (only 27% think it's a good idea).
Looking at the state's Senate race, Republican Pat Toomey is leading Democrat Joe Sestak 45% - 39% according to a recent poll of likely voters (source) and Mr. Toomey is also leading in the financial department. Second quarter fundraising totals are in and while the Toomey campaign raised $3.1 million, the Sestak camp brought in just $2 million in the same time period. (source)
The Toomey/Sestak race is to determine which of them will replace Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) who Representative Sestak defeated in the Democratic primary. Interestingly, Tuesday's Quinnipiac poll shows Senator Specter's approval rating at 35% - 57%; his worst score ever and even more bad news for Pennsylvania Democrats.
As Mr. Toomey said in a statement accompanying his fundraising totals, "As I travel across the state, I meet more and more Pennsylvanians who want to join our campaign in order to bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington."
And it looks like they want that true change and fiscal sanity brought to Harrisburg too.
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