Penna Looks Good For Republicans
Pennsylvania flirted a little bit with Democrats in the final weeks of this
year’s election, making them think they might be able to pull off an upset in the Senate
and/or Gubernatorial contests that had looked good as gone for most of the year. It looks
like the GOP will in the end sweep those races though, if by smaller margins than they
had shown in polling throughout much of 2010.
In the Senate race Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak 51-46 and in the race for Governor Tom
Corbett is up 52-45 on Dan Onorato. The story here is an inordinate number of
Democrats unhappy with Barack Obama- and voting Republican because of it. The
President’s approval rating within his own party is only 73% in Pennsylvania, with 21%
of Democrats disapproving of him. Those Democrats unhappy with Obama are leaning
strongly Republican, planning to vote for Toomey by a 68-23 margin and for Corbett by a
As is the case for him throughout the Midwest Obama’s very unpopular in Pennsylvania
with 54% of voters disapproving of him to just 40% who think he’s doing a good job.
Outgoing Governor Ed Rendell has also fallen strongly out of favor, posting only a 34%
approval number while 53% of voters disapprove of him. As we saw in Wisconsin
earlier this week the combination of an unpopular Democratic President and an unpopular
Democratic Governor has the potential to be lethal for the party’s hopes of keeping some
of these offices under their control.
Read it here.
Lookin’ good, very good!