Two Polls Show a Tight Race in Pennsylvania
Once considered a safe bet for reelection, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., now has a marginal edge over GOP nominee Tom Smith, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
Three weeks out from Election Day, Casey leads Smith, 48 percent to 45 percent, with 7 percent undecided. Casey's advantage is within the poll's margin of error.
Thanks to an aggressive television ad campaign, Smith has chipped away at Casey's lead over the past several months. In the previous poll, conducted late last month, Casey led Smith, 49 percent to 43 percent. In late July, Casey had an 18-point lead: 55 percent to 37 percent.
The presidential race has also tightened in the Keystone State. President Obama leads Mitt Romney, 50 percent to 46 percent, while 3 percent remain undecided. In the September poll, Obama led Romney, 54 percent to 42 percent.
The Quinnipiac survey mirrors a Muhlenberg College/Allentown Morning Call poll released Monday. That survey showed Casey ahead of Smith, 41 percent to 39 percent, and Obama topping Romney, 49 percent to 45 percent.