Pennsylvania - U.S. Senate

as of October 24

The Candidates

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Joe Sestak

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: December 12, 1951
  • Residence: Wallingford, PA

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Pat Toomey

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: November 17, 1961
  • Residence: Zionsville, PA

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Previous Results

    Pennsylvania U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Arlen Specter REP 2,925,080 52.6%
    Joe Hoeffel DEM 2,334,126 42%
    James Clymer CON 220,056 4%
    Betsy Summers LIB 79,263 1.4%

    U.S. President: Pennsylvania (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 3,276,363 54.7%
    John McCain REP 2,655,885 44.3%
    Ralph Nader IND 42,977 0.7%
    Bob Barr LIB 19,912 0.3%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 24, 2010

New CQ - Roll Call Rating

Toss-up (was Lean-R)

    Sep 30, 2010

    Toomey Has An Edge In Pennsylvania

    The numbers have not been overpowering, but they've been consistent: Republican Pat Toomey has held a lead over Democrat Joe Sestak for weeks now. It's enough to move this into the Republican pickup column. -Ken Rudin

    New NPR Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Sep 24, 2010

      New CQ - Roll Call Rating

      Lean-R (was Toss-up)

        Sep 9, 2010

        A Scramble For Specter's Seat

        Incumbent Arlen Specter, first elected in 1980 as a Republican, was defeated in the Democratic primary after switching parties. Pat Toomey, the former GOP congressman who nearly beat Specter in the 2004 Republican primary, is running again. In fact, it was Toomey's insurmountable lead in the expected rematch that forced Specter to quit the party and move to the Democratic side ... where he was promptly beaten by Rep. Joe Sestak in that party's primary. Democrats argue that Toomey is too conservative to win statewide, while Republicans take a similar line about the liberal Sestak. Toomey has a single-digit lead over his Democratic opponent in the most recent polls. -Ken Rudin

        New NPR Rating



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