(CNN) - Hours after the first debate in this year's Senate battle in Pennsylvania, two new polls indicate the race is deadlocked.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 48 percent of likely voters in the Keystone State say they are backing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, with 46 percent supporting Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrats' nominee. Five percent are undecided. Toomey's two point margin is within the poll's sampling error. The 2 point spread is also down from a 7 point advantage in a Quinnipiac survey from late September.
(CNN) - "Extreme" was the word of the night as the two Pennsylvania Senate candidates debated for the first time on Wednesday.
Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey, a former Congressman, seldom agreed on the issues during the hour-long debate, but both came to the podium armed with remarkably similar messages.
Throughout the debate, both sought to paint the other as belonging to the extreme wing of their respective parties.
(CNN) - Just one day before President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden head to a DNC rally near a Philadelphia school, the CNN Express stopped in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to take the political pulse of the city.
Pennsylvania will play a key role in the midterm elections, where a tight Senate race is currently underway. The latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey with a single digit lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak.
(CNN) - Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee Pat Toomey has out-raised his Democratic opponent for each of the first three quarters of 2010, according to fundraising numbers released by both campaigns Tuesday.
Toomey brought in $3.8 million in the third quarter, bringing his total individual contributions to $14 million. His third quarter haul represents his biggest fundraising quarter since launching his campaign in April 2009.
Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak raised $3.2 million from July to September.
(CNN) – A new poll in the Pennsylvania Senate battle indicates Republicans have a good shot at regaining a Democratic-held seat they lost just a little over a year ago.
According to a McClatchy-Marist survey released Monday, 51 percent of likely Pennsylvania voters say they are backing Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey, with 42 percent supporting Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, with six percent undecided.
(CNN) - Pennsylvania may be in for a nail-biter in November, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.
Republican nominee Pat Toomey is leading Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, 45 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the Keystone State's race for Senate, according to a Susquehanna Polling and Research survey conducted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Toomey's three-point lead falls within the margin of error.
The poll portrays a tighter race than a spate of other recent polls have indicated. Toomey held a five-point advantage in a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, a seven-point margin in recent surveys from Quinnipiac University and Muhlenberg College, and a nine point lead in a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll.
(CNN) - A new Pennsylvania Senate poll shows what several others have already confirmed: Democrats are in trouble in the Keystone state.
The latest survey from Muhlenberg College shows former GOP Rep. Pat Toomey with a seven-point lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak among likely voters, 46 to 39 percent.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/13/art.dsccad.0813.dscc.jpg caption="The DSCC released its first ad of the general election on Friday in Pennsylvania."](CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out Friday with its first television ad of the general election, thrusting itself into the deadlocked Senate battle between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.
The 30-second commercial calls Toomey "a Wall Street wheeler-dealer" and says the financial industry is "funding his campaign."
"…Millionaire Toomey helped pioneer the use of derivatives – he called them an 'enormous good,'" the ad's narrator says. "But they wound up nearly destroying our economy."
"Pat Toomey spent his whole life either working on Wall Street or working for Wall Street's interests," DSCC national press secretary Deirdre Murphy said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania should have a Senator who stands up for them, not the corporate special interests."
Read Toomey's response after the jump:
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/10/art.sestak.toomey.2shotb.cnn.jpg caption =" Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak (left) and Republican Pat Toomey (right) each appeared Tuesday on CNN’s John King USA."](CNN) - The heated Senate race between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey raged in two interviews Tuesday as each candidate blamed the other for the ongoing economic downturn.
The race is locked in a dead heat. A Quinnipiac University poll of Pennsylvania voters conducted last month indicated that race was tied at 43 percent, with 12 percent undecided.
Speaking to CNN's John King, Sestak accused Toomey, a former six-term congressman, of advocating for policies that crippled the U.S. economy.
" … When I came to Congress my first year is when the recession began I was also a damage control officer. Those six months after President Bush left the White House, we lost three million jobs because of the policies he and Congressman Toomey – my opponent – had pursued."
But Toomey argued that tax cuts drive the economy.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sestak.toomey.2shot.gi.toomey.jpg caption ="A new poll has the race for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat locked at 43 points each for Democrat Joe Sestak (left) and Republican Pat Toomey (right)."](CNN) - A new poll indicates it's dead even in the battle for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 43 percent of Pennsylvania voters back Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee, with an equal number supporting former Rep. Joe Toomey, the Republican nominee, and 12 percent unsure.
Toomey held a 42 to 40 percent advantage in Quinnipiac's last poll, which was conducted in May.
Sestak, a former Navy admiral and current two-term congressman from southeast Pennsylvania, beat incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in May's Democratic primary. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat in the spring of last year. At the time of the party switch, he cited the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey as a factor. Besides his service in Congress, Toomey is also the former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization.