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.
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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.