Washington (CNN) – Former Rep. Pat Toomey raised $3.1 million toward his Pennsylvania Senate bid in the 2nd quarter of 2010, his campaign said Tuesday.
That represents the Republican's biggest haul to date, and a significant increase from the $2.3 million reported by his campaign in the 1st quarter.
Toomey's Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, brought in $2 million over the same period, and has a little over $2 million cash on hand, Sestak campaign spokesman Jonathon Dworkin confirmed to CNN.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak expressed confidence Sunday that he would win the Senate Democratic nomination, but vowed to do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.
Sestak would not say he would endorse Specter, but rather noted he would "do anything to make sure we beat Pat Toomey," in the November general election. Toomey is the former GOP congressman, whose nomination for his party's candidacy is all but a formality.
"As I said, I come from a background in the military where the prospect of winning is the only, only option you have," Sestak told CNN in an interview
after addressing the congregation at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church. "But I'll do anything to make sure that Pat Toomey doesn't win. But we're gonna win. Pat Toomey is gonna lose."
(CNN) – Less than a week before Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, a new poll shows Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak gaining ground in a hypothetical general election match-up against former Rep. Pat Toomey, the likely Republican nominee.
In a head-to-head race between Toomey and Sestak, forty-two percent of those surveyed said they would back Toomey while 40 percent said they would support Sestak, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
In a Quinnipiac poll released April 8, Toomey led Sestak by 8 percentage points – with Toomey's support at 42 percent and Sestak's was 34 percent.
"The money that Sestak has been spending introducing himself to Democratic primary voters with TV ads seems to be having an effect on general election voters as well," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said. "The difference is largely among independent voters, who favor Toomey 52 – 31 percent over Specter, but only 46 – 30 percent over Sestak."
Washington (CNN) – Former Rep. Pat Toomey, the likely Republican nominee in the Pennsylvania Senate race, unveiled his first television commercial Monday in which he touts his track record of fiscal discipline and ability to create jobs.
The ad comes one week before the Pennsylvania primary and will run "statewide on broadcast and cable TV stations, and will air for an indefinite period of time," according to a statement from Toomey's campaign.
With Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to leave the Republican Party last year, Toomey faces minimal opposition in the GOP primary. Toomey's decision to go on the air now helps ensure that he remains part of the conversation as Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak battle for the Democratic Senate nomination. The Pennsylvania primary takes place May 18.
In the 30 second commercial titled "Generations," Toomey emphasizes his conservative economic credentials and weaves together footage of the former congressman talking to workers as well as spending time with his family. His nine-year-old daughter, Bridget, even has a speaking role, endorsing her dad's candidacy. The ad makes no mention of mention Specter or Sestak.
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Washington (CNN) - According to fundraising numbers released Thursday by Sen. Arlen Specter's re-election campaign, the five-term senator raised only half as much cash as his probable Republican challenger in the first three months of 2010.
Specter, a Democrat, brought in $1.16 million in the first quarter, while his likely Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, reported a haul of $2.3 million over the same period.
Specter switched from the Republican to Democratic party in part because he did not want to face Toomey, the former president of the conservative group Club for Growth, in a primary challenge.
But Specter's campaign said the senator has $9.06 million cash on hand, far more than Toomey's reported $4 million.
Washington (CNN) - Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Pat Toomey raised $2.3 million in the first three months of 2010, and has more than $4 million cash on hand, his campaign said Monday.
The former Republican congressman is aiming to unseat five-term Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched from the Republican to Democratic party last spring in part because he did not want to face Toomey in a primary challenge.
"I am very appreciative of the deluge of support I have received for my candidacy," Toomey said in a written statement. "As I travel across the state, I meet more and more Pennsylvanians who want to join our campaign and help bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington.
Official fundraising totals for the first quarter of 2010 are due April 15, but the early release suggests Toomey believes he has amassed enough of a war chest to mount a vigorous campaign.
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is deadlocked with probable Republican opponent Pat Toomey in his difficult bid for re-election this year, according to a new poll.
A Franklin and Marshall College survey released Wednesday indicates that Toomey leads Specter 33 percent to 29 percent among registered Pennsylvania voters; 32 percent are undecided – a very high number. Toomey's 4 point advantage is within the poll's sampling error. In Franklin and Marshall's last poll, conducted in February, Toomey trailed Specter by 4 points.
Toomey is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring. At the time of the party flip, he cited the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey as a factor.
A Quinnipiac University survey of Pennsylvania voters conducted late last month indicated that Specter led Toomey 49 to 42 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. That was up from a 44 percent tie in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in December.
(CNN) - Republican challenger Pat Toomey leads Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania by 10 points in a possible November showdown, according to a new poll.
A Franklin and Marshall College survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 44 percent of likely voters back Toomey, with 34 percent supporting Specter and 16 percent undecided. But according to the poll, among all registered voters in Pennsylvania, Specter leads Toomey 33 percent to 29 percent, with nearly 3 in 10 undecided.
A Franklin and Marshall survey conducted last month indicated Toomey had a 14 point lead among likely voters and was deadlocked with Specter among registered voters.
Toomey is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth – a limited-government and anti-tax organization. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring, saying at the time that the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey was a factor in his decision.
The poll also indicates that Toomey tops Rep. Joe Sestak 38 percent to 20 percent among likely voters in a hypothetical general election matchup, with nearly 4 in 10 undecided. Among all registered voters, Toomey slightly leads Sestak 25 percent to 22 percent with more than half undecided.
(CNN) - Republican challenger Pat Toomey leads Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania by double digits in a possible November showdown, according to a new poll.
A Franklin and Marshall College survey released Wednesday indicates that 45 percent of likely voters back Toomey, with 31 percent supporting Specter and 20 percent undecided.
Polls conducted last October and December suggested Toomey, a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth - a limited-government and anti-tax organization - and Specter were deadlocked. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring, saying at the time that the difficulty in winning the Republican primary was a factor in his decision.
According to the Franklin and Marshall poll, the race between Specter and Toomey is deadlocked at 30 percent each when all registered adults are included in the survey, with more than a third undecided.
(CNN) - Dead even.
That's what a new poll in Pennsylvania indicates about next year's senate race between Sen. Arlen Specter and Republican challenger Pat Toomey.
According to the Quinnipiac University survey of Keystone State voters released Friday morning, the Republican-turned-Democratic incumbent is deadlocked at 44 percent with the former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization. Toomey had a statistically insignificant one point lead over Specter in an October 1 Quinnipiac poll.
In early May, Specter held a 20-point lead over Toomey, but that advantage had disappeared by July. Toomey led Specter in polls of a hypothetical Republican Senate primary earlier this year, before the five-term senator became a Democrat. Specter said at the time that the difficulty in winning the Republican primary was a factor in his decision to switch parties.
"With less than 11 months to go, Sen. Arlen Specter and Pat Toomey are neck-and-neck. Specter has the state's Democratic registration advantage on his side, while Toomey can take heart in the numbers that show problems for Specter in measures in addition to the horse race," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "For example, voters say 50 – 38 percent Specter does not deserve reelection."