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Specter leads Sestak by 19 in new poll

Senator Arlen Specter continues to hold a significant lead over Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7) in a likely primary matchup, but that edge could be closing slowly as Sestak gains more name recognition from his public crusade against Specter, according to a new poll.

The Rasmussen survey of 374 likely primary voters, released Wednesday evening, found Specter garnering 51 percent of the vote from his new party, compared to 32 percent for Sestak. Four percent of respondents said they would back someone else, and 13 percent were undecided. Conducted this week, the poll had a margin of error of  percent.

Though the sample size was relatively small, it could indicate that voters increasingly know who Sestak is. A Quinnipiac poll last month showed Specter beating Sestak by almost 30 points. Since then, Sestak has continued his flurry of TV appearances as he looks to pull Democratic support from the longtime incumbent.

June 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. David Diano

    Jun 18th, 2009

    These polls should include Bill Kortz.

  2. PAWaterCooler.com

    Jun 18th, 2009

    [...] Read it here. [...]

  3. Jay

    Jun 18th, 2009

    These polls shouldn’t be done by robocalls and still thought of as relevant.

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