By Carole on Aug 26, 2010
Perennial swing state Pennsylvania is swinging far to the right this election cycle according to a brand new poll. GOP candidates for Governor and US Senate have healthy leads over their Democratic opponents and an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians believe their state (currently under Democratic rule) is on the wrong track.
The poll released today by Franklin & Marshall College shows just three out of ten people say their state is headed in the right direction, a 15 year low, while nearly six in ten say the state's headed on the wrong track. (source)
In the race to replace term-limited Democratic Governor Ed Rendell, State Attorney General Tom Corbett leads Democrat and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato by 11 points (38% to 27%). With Governor Rendell's approval rating hovering at 30% it's easy to see why Keystone State voters are ready for a change in Harrisburg.
And in the Pennsylvania contest that promises to have the largest effect on national politics, Republican Pat Toomey leads US Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) by 9 points (40% to 31%) among likely voters in their race for the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Arlen Specter. Mr. Toomey's lead has grown despite, or perhaps because of, the recent endorsements of Mr. Sestak by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel - a Republican who many believe is angling for the soon-to-be-vacated Secretary of Defense position in President Barack Obama's cabinet. (source)
According to poll director G. Terry Madonna, "You have an unpopular president and an unpopular governor and a party that's not motivated. National issues dominate everything, and when they dominate everything in this political environment, it's a rejection of the Democratic Party's agenda. The question is not will the Democrats lose but how badly the loss will be." (source)
With little more than 2 months until Election Day, that seems to be the same question across the country.
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