A new poll shows that former Congressman Pat Toomey is in a dead heat with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter who switched to the Democratic Party earlier this year if the 2010 general election were held today. 45% of the respondents to the Quinnipiac University poll support Specter, who is seeking a 5th term in the Senate, while 44% support Toomey. One out of 10 surveyed were undecided. An earlier poll had Specter with a 20-point lead over Toomey.
Assistant Polling Director Peter Brown says voters are more focused on Specter than on the former Congressman...."voters are beginning to think that he's (Specter's) had enough time in the Senate. For the first a majority don't think he should be reelected."
The same poll showed that both Specter and Toomey are far ahead of their leading rivals for the Democratic and Republican nominations in the May 2010 primaries.
The survey has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.9%.