May 17th, 2010
09:25 AM ET
4 years ago

No room for error in Pennsylvania nail biter

Specter is fighting for his political career one day before the Senate primary.
Specter is fighting for his political career one day before the Senate primary.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak are spending the closing hours of this bitter primary for the Senate Democratic nomination hunting for votes, as two final public polls show that the race is too close too call.

Specter and Sestak are making multiple stops throughout the state in an effort to rally support before Pennsylvania Democrats head to the polls Tuesday to choose their nominee for the November election.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday morning shows that Sestak holds a 1 point lead over Specter, 42 percent to 41 percent, well within the survey’s 3.2 point margin of error. The Quinnipiac poll also shows that 16 percent of Democratic primary voters remain undecided and 25 percent of those who stated a preference for a candidate noted they could change their vote.

Quinnipiac’s results are similar to the Muhlenberg College/Morning Call Democratic Primary Tracking Poll. That survey has Specter heading into Tuesday’s contest with a 2 point lead over Sestak, 45 percent to 43 percent - also comfortably within the poll’s 5 point margin of error.

CNN Radio: Primaries in four states Tuesday could spell trouble for the incumbents.


Both candidates made multiple visits to African American churches in Philadelphia Sunday to make a last minute appeal for support from the pulpit. Specter said he thinks that support from the African American community could be the key to victory.

“Well, the black vote is critical, maybe decisive, and it’s nice to have the endorsement of the black clergy,” Specter said outside the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church.

The winner of the Specter/Sestak primary will likely face former Rep. Pat Toomey, the GOP favorite, in November.

The Quinnipiac poll of 951 likely Democratic voters was conducted from May 12-16. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 points. The Muhlenberg College/Morning Call tracking poll of 416 likely Democratic voters was conducted May 10-13. This survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 points.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. john

    We can only hope this liberal nutjob gets shown the door...to bad we cant jail him for trying to bankrupt and ruin the country.

    May 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Joe

    PA is likely to elect a Republican Gov. this fall, and Specter, at 80 and with serous health problems, isn't going to make it another full term. So PA would end up with an appointed Republican Senator in a few years if Specter continues in office.

    It's time for a change and for a younger healthy man to take over. And one who isn't going to make a career of flipping from one party to another would be refreshing.

    May 17, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Dean

    Specter is the typical politician in Washington DC. He cares more about his career than his state or country.

    May 17, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Layla

    A man who changes parties because he cannot win an election is not worth commenting on...

    May 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. j

    OUT with them all.

    May 17, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Rick

    bye bye crook, time for you to join the 10% unemployed like the rest of the incumdumbs.

    May 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Sam I Am

    This is just the beginning. Democrats and Republicans alike will be facing loss of employment if they don't start doing something for the people that elected them. Americans, no matter what their political position, are fed up with the bickering, the obstructionism, and the pompous posturing. Government is about to change dramatically through the will of the people. Entrenched people like Specter are, probably, to their own surprise, at the greatest risk of finding new work. Mr. Specter, if you and your type won't reform government yourself, then we will do it for you. Buh bye now!

    May 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Fed Up

    Boo hoo. Nancy Pelosi spoke for the Democrats when she said that she didn't care what the American people wanted. Guess what? Now the incumbents get to pay the price. Well deserved!

    May 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Dr. Virginia Lubell

    The media for the past 18 months has implied that only the Conservative voice has been unheard but no ... the progressive voice has gone unreported! If Sestek wins that will give a strong message that the liberal arm of the democratic viewpoint wants a loud and clear voice as does the conservative voice of the republican viewpoint.

    May 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Guest

    I guess I have to make sure that I get out to vote against Specter. These democrats, or Specter's case – what ever he is this week, need to go. Send them a message!

    May 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. johnrj08

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I for one am biting my nails over none of these primaries. The electorate in this country is going through a phase of temporary insanity. At least, I hope it's temporary.

    May 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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