November 2nd, 2010
07:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Both sides predicting victory in Pennsylvania Senate race

Wayne, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Both candidates for Sen. Arlen Specter's Senate seat are publicly predicting a win in the final hours of voting in Pennsylvania.

Republican candidate Pat Toomey's campaign spokeswoman, Nachama Soloveichik tells CNN, "It's going be close, but we're going to win." She means really close: "it's not going be a 10 point margin"

Soloveichik says their optimism is based on "a somewhat higher turnout in places like Northeast Philadelphia, where there are a lot of working class Republicans."

Earlier today, Toomey was still out on the trail trying to convince people to come to the polls.

He is spending the evening with his family, including his parents who are in from Rhode Island to watch the results before heading to his election rally.

On the Democratic side, Rep. Joe Sestak was barnstorming until the end. Sestak went door to door today, and had 19,000 volunteers across the state to help voters get to the polls, according to Sestak campaign spokesman Jonathon Dworkin

Dworkin predicts Rep. Sestak will pull out a win because they're seeing an unexpectedly high turnout in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lehigh. These are all areas thought to be favorable to Sestak, according to Dworkin. "We are very optimistic and feeling good."

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. smc

    Toomey is in Rhode Island tonight??? We're looking at the next Santorum if Toomey wins. Toomey is a Pennsylvanian in campaign mode only. The rest of the time he's hanging out with his Wall Street buddies, and not living in PA.

    November 2, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Toomey was a lousy but ineffective congressman. He is an admitted and proud corporate shill who plays up the fake values stuff to fool saps.

    November 2, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. RKT210

    @smc – his parents are IN from Rhode Island. Obviously the Democrats are pinning their hopes on the intelligenge of your ilk...

    November 2, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Concerned

    We need Sestack. Toomey is no good for us.

    November 2, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Shin

    @Rkt210: Actually, they're pinning their hopes on the majority of Pennsylvanians, who live in lower/lower-mid/middle class neighborhoods. That said, it'll be close either way. PA didn't really have a serious "Tea Party" boost to any candidate, so I'm reasonably certain it'll come down to party line votes – if they get serious mobilization in Philly/Pittsburgh, the Republicans could be in trouble.

    November 2, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. IndependantPA8th

    I sure as hell didn't vote for Toomey. Only Repub I voted for was Kathy Watson, but then again she's unchallenged so it doesn't really matter.

    Good luck Dems in PA! There are still people here who have faith in you, and there's still much more work to accomplish. Don't let the likes of Toomy and Fitzpatrick screw us over again

    November 2, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Time for Change

    PA for Tommey!! We have had enough with the Democrats deals behind closed doors in Washington, DC! Can't Trust Them!

    November 2, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |