A new internal poll conducted for Republican Tom Smith's Senate campaign shows the businessman up 19 points over his nearest competitor with nearly one-in-three voters still undecided in Pennsylvania's GOP Senate primary campaign.
The poll shows Smith at 35 percent, leading former state Rep. Sam Rohrer, who registers 16 percent in the poll. Businessman Steve Welch, who was endorsed by Gov. Tom Corbett and the state Republican Party is at just ten percent in the survey. Thirty-one percent remain undecided and two minor candidates register single-digit percentage support.
Smith -- who has infused his campaign with millions of dollars in personal money and is outspending the competition -- led Rohrer 29 percent to 14 percent in the previous internal poll his campaign released. That survey was conducted from April 9-11.
The primary election is just six days away and Smith appears to be in the frontrunning position. If Welch loses -- something that appears a likely proposition right now -- it's a blow to the state GOP establishment that supported him. Corbett's endorsement paved the way for other Republicans leaders to get behind him, but now, some Republicans are publicly questioning the governor's decision to get behind Welch and the strength of the businessman's campaign operation.
The Smith campaign poll of 700 likely Pennsylvania Republican primary voters was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates from April 15-17. The survey carries a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.