Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., has made up ground after a contentious primary battle and finds himself neck and neck with former GOP Rep. Pat Toomey, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. The poll shows Sestak and Toomey tied at 43 percent. It is the first Quinnipiac poll in which Sestak has not trailed Toomey, although a previous poll, released just before the Democratic primary on May 13, also suggested a virtual dead heat, with 42 for Toomey and 40 percent for Sestak. His primary fight with Sen. Arlen Specter has not hurt his performance among Democrats, who give him 77 percent of the vote. Toomey, too, has consolidated his base, winning 82 percent of the GOP vote. Independents break for Toomey by 44 percent to 35 percent. The poll surveyed 1,367 Pennsylvania voters between July 6-11, with a margin of error of 3 percent.
This article appears in the July 17, 2010, edition of National Journal Daily PM Update.