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Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey 48%, Specter 36%
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 8/13/2009 | Rasmussen Reports

Posted on 08/13/2009 6:11:56 AM PDT by philsfan24

Uncomfortable town hall meetings are just the tip of the iceberg for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. He now trails Republican Pat Toomey by double digits in his bid for reelection next year and is viewed unfavorably by a majority of the state’s voters.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters shows 48% would vote for Toomey if the election were held today. Just 36% would vote for Specter while four percent (4%) prefer a third option, and 12% are not sure.

These figures reflect a dramatic reversal since June. At that time, before the public health care debate began, Specter led Toomey by eleven.

Just 43% now have a favorable opinion of Specter while 54% offer an unfavorable assessment of the longtime GOP senator who became a Democrat rather than face Toomey in a party primary. Those numbers have reversed since June when 53% had a favorable opinion of him.

The current figures include 15% with a Very Favorable opinion of Specter and 36% with a Very Unfavorable view.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: dangus; pa2010; polls; sestak; specter; toomey
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1 posted on 08/13/2009 6:11:57 AM PDT by philsfan24
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To: philsfan24
I'll bet he tries to switch back....crusty old moron.
2 posted on 08/13/2009 6:13:44 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Obama voters deserve to suffer.)
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To: philsfan24
Incumbency used to be a candidate's strongest assetts. Ironically, the way these sh!theads in congress have been behaving, by 2010 it may be huge liability!
3 posted on 08/13/2009 6:15:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: philsfan24

Specter may not even get the Dem nomination. The townhalls were his Waterloo, especially his comment that he didn’t have to be there. Sestak now has to be the odds on nominee.


4 posted on 08/13/2009 6:15:31 AM PDT by kabar
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To: philsfan24

Go Toomey! Screw ACORN!


5 posted on 08/13/2009 6:16:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: Niteranger68

He’s running out of time for that ploy, although you know it would probably work - I’ll bet the RINOs would support him too.


6 posted on 08/13/2009 6:16:39 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: philsfan24

Arlen Specter would be funny if he weren’t so pathetic.


7 posted on 08/13/2009 6:18:07 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: philsfan24

You can’t poll the dead, and that’s the Dem’s biggest base in Philadelphia & Pittsburgh.


8 posted on 08/13/2009 6:18:08 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: philsfan24

Twilight Specter.


9 posted on 08/13/2009 6:18:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: kabar
Specter may not even get the Dem nomination

Correct. This poll is useless without also looking at a Toomey/Sestak matchup. That one is more worrisome.
10 posted on 08/13/2009 6:18:28 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: philsfan24

When you are seen to be a sleazy scumbag politician who will, at the first hint of a political wind change, renounce the Party and voters who put you in power, it is perfectly reasonable voters would turn against you.


11 posted on 08/13/2009 6:19:13 AM PDT by 101voodoo (OBAMA-OPIATE FOR THE DUMB ASSES)
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To: philsfan24

He ditched the Republican party when he was losing by 21%, so I guess changing parties has gained him 9% so far.

He seems seriously doomed to me. His entire argument for why the Democrats should nominate him over Sestak was based on him being more likely to win in the general. Now he’s going to have to go hard left to win the primaries, and that’s going to put him even further behind in the general match-up.

He’s lost 23 points in 2 months, and at his current rate he’ll lose the general election in November 2010 by 185%, but unless they change the laws of mathematics between now and then he can only lose by 100%, so he does have that going for him.


12 posted on 08/13/2009 6:19:39 AM PDT by Moral Hazard
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To: Niteranger68
There was a Democrat on Hannity last night that wanted to know if we will take him back. Lol
13 posted on 08/13/2009 6:22:22 AM PDT by redk
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To: BikerJoe

“This poll is useless without also looking at a Toomey/Sestak matchup. That one is more worrisome.”

The poll did have the Toomey/Sestak match-up, Toomey wins 43% to 35%.


14 posted on 08/13/2009 6:22:29 AM PDT by Moral Hazard
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To: BikerJoe

Don’t forget Pennsylvania has the largest percentage of elderly people in the country next to Florida. The elderly have now seen that the Democrats want to kill them by rationing care. It should be easier to get elected as a Republican in Pa in 2010.


15 posted on 08/13/2009 6:26:30 AM PDT by Plumres
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To: philsfan24

Does Pennsylvania have an open primary?

hh


16 posted on 08/13/2009 6:27:17 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Moral Hazard

Sphincter will not get the dem nod, methinks. They telegraphed that when they removed his seniority when he bolted to the RATS. He is not a useful idiot any longer.

How I wish Bush had not supported him in 04.

Vince


17 posted on 08/13/2009 6:27:47 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: philsfan24

Maybe zero can go help him out. LOL. obama was in NJ campaigning for corzine a couple weeks ago. Christie is now leading by double digits. There is a whole crop of new voters (recent college graduates) who can’t find work. Republicans need to tap into that pool by hammering on the fact that obama failed to deliver to them and this administration has hurt the private sector so bad that no one is hiring. Although my son didn’t vote for obama, he said there are a lot of bitter young people out there who did... and they are turning on him fast.


18 posted on 08/13/2009 6:28:03 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: philsfan24

Go Toomey go- a true American that we can rely on.


19 posted on 08/13/2009 6:28:56 AM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: philsfan24
Good thing all these mad people at town halls are “astroturf” or he would be in REAL trouble.

ROFL

2010 is going to make 1992 look like small potatoes.

20 posted on 08/13/2009 6:29:01 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

Expect Sestak to beat Arlen.


21 posted on 08/13/2009 6:30:28 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: philsfan24

Just read Pat Toomey’s new book, “The Road to Prosperity.” It’s a strong, profound defence of free market capitalism. He would be a vast improvement.


22 posted on 08/13/2009 6:30:40 AM PDT by vekzen
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To: Moral Hazard; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; GeneralHavoc

“The poll did have the Toomey/Sestak match-up, Toomey wins 43% to 35%.”


Thanks for the info.

I wouldn’t write off Specter in the Dem primary just yet, but we should definitely keep tabs of how Toomey is doing against Sestak as well.

We’re going to win this race. Pat Toomey would be running for reelection now if it wasn’t for the RINOs and fellow-traveler conservatives that campaigned for Specter in the 2004 GOP primary, but revenge is a dish best served cold.


23 posted on 08/13/2009 6:31:12 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: Mouton
“How I wish Bush had not supported him in 04.”

Yep and so did Santorum! The weasels!

24 posted on 08/13/2009 6:31:48 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: hoosier hick

No. You can only vote for the party in which you are registered. If you are an independent, you can only vote on ballot questions.


25 posted on 08/13/2009 6:33:19 AM PDT by mak5
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To: philsfan24

Looks like ACORN has their work cut out for them.

They need to start handing out shovels now because it’s going to take a while to ‘dig up’ the needed votes.


26 posted on 08/13/2009 6:34:08 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: philsfan24
I would love to see Pat Toomey have Sarah come and campaign for him. The liberals and moderate high minded class really could not handle that specter. And have her speak about those ‘death panels’.
27 posted on 08/13/2009 6:36:47 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Bama and Company are reenacting the Pharaoh as told by Moses in Genesis!!!!!)
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To: philsfan24
This is what should happen to deal-making idiots like Specter.

Resolve isn't a word that Arlen is very familiar with.

28 posted on 08/13/2009 6:37:30 AM PDT by mattdono (The platform I want: Stop spending my money. Stop sending my money. Stop taking my money.)
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To: Mouton

< He is not a useful idiot any longer.>

The Democrats, a/k/a Socialists have no “friends”. They, like the Clintons, only have individuals and groups that they use to one degree or another.

Like the elderly. The elderly will be replaced by the illegals in 2010. From this point in time, the Democrats will concerate on how to kill the elderly.

As soon as their other voting blocs can be replaced, they too will be done away with.


29 posted on 08/13/2009 6:37:38 AM PDT by sport
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To: Moral Hazard
“This poll is useless without also looking at a Toomey/Sestak matchup. That one is more worrisome.” The poll did have the Toomey/Sestak match-up, Toomey wins 43% to 35%.

I stand corrected! Excellent News!
30 posted on 08/13/2009 6:38:19 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: philsfan24

Looks like Specter better schedule his “end of life consultation”.


31 posted on 08/13/2009 6:43:35 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: Moral Hazard

2010
Going Republican (6): Pennsylvania, Connecticut (!), Delaware (!), Nevada, Arkansas, Colorado.
Endangered Democrats (4): Oregon, N. Dakota, Indiana, Illinois (!!!)

Even pulling close will set up a GOP takeover in subsequent elections, due to the silly number of Democrats who won red-leaning states in 2006 and 2008:

2012 (Even if the US goes back to 2000-like voting patterns)
Endangered Democratic seats (8): Nebraska, Montana, N. Dakota, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Flordia, West Virginia
Democratic seats which could get swept out in a GOP tide (3): Missouri, New Mexico, Michigan

2014 Endangered Democratic seats (6): Alaska, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina
Democratic seats which could get swept out in a GOP tide (4): Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, West Virginia


32 posted on 08/13/2009 6:44:53 AM PDT by dangus (I am JimThompson)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

Careful now, that could be interpreted as a death threat. The libtards are desperate to claim we are radical and violent.


33 posted on 08/13/2009 6:45:55 AM PDT by dangus (I am JimThompson)
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To: kabar

I agree. Mr. “not proven” will lose in a dem primary. Then the PA voters will elect whatever demhole is on the ballot.


34 posted on 08/13/2009 6:50:08 AM PDT by wny
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To: philsfan24

It’s a start.

Let’s hope the voter don’t have short memories.


35 posted on 08/13/2009 6:53:58 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: philsfan24

It looks like there will no longer be a Specter hanging ove rhte US Senate.

How will liberals explain that away?

Unfortunately, I bet this helps Sestak. Can Arlen become an independent? hen he, Sestak, and Toomey can all run and Toomey will win in a landlide.


36 posted on 08/13/2009 7:11:17 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: philsfan24

only 48% would vote for toomey? Even AFTER the snake Spector became a traitor? Even AFTER the snake faield so miserably in town hall meetings? Those votign for toomey should be more like 60% or more for crying out loud! Spector BETRAYED penssylvania, and He’s still got 36% support? I’m QUICKLY losing my faith in the American people if they keep siding with losers like spector, Pelosi, Reid, Frank etc!


37 posted on 08/13/2009 7:18:09 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: philsfan24

This is great news. However, Alot can change in 16 months.


38 posted on 08/13/2009 7:24:34 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: CottShop
only 48% would vote for toomey? Even AFTER the snake Spector became a traitor?
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This is Pennsylvania! The dead and brain dead vote together and it is a tough thing to overcome. We have hundreds of thousands of UNION voters, who in a lot of cases vote the way the union bosses tell them.

39 posted on 08/13/2009 7:24:42 AM PDT by Plumres
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To: redk

Specter had any sense he would retire cause he ain’t winning the Dem primary


40 posted on 08/13/2009 7:38:40 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: philsfan24

It a long time until Nov. 2010 and Specter gets a lot of free air time. We’ll see then.


41 posted on 08/13/2009 7:39:32 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: philsfan24

Soooooo what party does the ever honorable Arlen join now? Don’t know a whole lot about these thugs, but I would think news like this has to unnerve a few other leftists in the house and senate. Specter down double digits and it is mostly because of health care and Arlens’ pro-Hussein position??!!


42 posted on 08/13/2009 7:45:53 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: kabar

If it is Toomey versus Spector, Spector is toast


43 posted on 08/13/2009 7:50:17 AM PDT by Roklok
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To: Plumres

[[This is Pennsylvania! The dead and brain dead vote together and it is a tough thing to overcome. ]]

I hadn;’t thought abotu hte coerced votes- I guess that explains some ofr it- The union is only voting for hteir union mobster/boss the big ‘o’- ah- democracy in action


44 posted on 08/13/2009 7:55:03 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: philsfan24

Want to bet the democrats pull a “Toricelli” on ol’ Arlen?


45 posted on 08/13/2009 7:55:46 AM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“revenge is a dish best served cold.”

It is. But it’s not bad hot either.


46 posted on 08/13/2009 7:56:16 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: philsfan24

This guy’s one of the top examples of why we need senate term limits. Wow!! Get him out of there PA!

All these crusty old liberals that never lose make me sick!


47 posted on 08/13/2009 7:56:35 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Oldpuppymax

[[Soooooo what party does the ever honorable Arlen join now?]]

The GOP should refuse to take him back- tell him in no uncertain terms that he wanted to run with snakes, then he can sink with those same snakes


48 posted on 08/13/2009 7:56:46 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: TRY ONE; Mouton

Karl Rove is a dumbass. I’d like to hear what he, Bush, Santorum and the ACU’s David Keene have to say about their friend Arlen Defector now.


49 posted on 08/13/2009 7:59:08 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: jersey117
There is a whole crop of new voters (recent college graduates) who can’t find work. Republicans need to tap into that pool by hammering on the fact that obama failed to deliver to them and this administration has hurt the private sector so bad that no one is hiring. Although my son didn’t vote for obama, he said there are a lot of bitter young people out there who did... and they are turning on him fast.

Wait until the Bush tax cuts expire next year, and the second phase of the recession begins. There will be even fewer jobs for those recent graduates as businesses and individuals pull back even further under the increasing tax burdens.
50 posted on 08/13/2009 8:02:22 AM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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