Latest poll gives Specter two-point lead in Democratic primary

    A cluster of new polls in Pennsylvania predict next week’s Senate Democratic primary will be a nail biter.

    A cluster of new polls in Pennsylvania predict next week’s Senate Democratic primary will be a nail biter.

    The latest Quinnipiac University poll gives incumbent Arlen Specter a two-point lead over Congressman Joe Sestak. The gap between the two candidates is within the margin of error.

    Assistant polling director Peter Brown says Sestak’s television advertising campaign has convinced some Specter supporters to change their minds, noting 53 percent of respondents backed the Republican-turned Democrat in April.

    “The number of undecideds has stayed relatively constant over the last five or six weeks, when the race has begun to tighten,” says Brown. “So, what happened is, Mr. Sestak has been taking away Specter voters. People who, when Quinnipiac polled on April 7th said they were for Specter, they’re peeling off.

    The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll gives Sestak a two-point lead over Specter, with about one in four Democrats still undecided.

    Muhlenberg College’s daily survey gives Sestak a six-point lead.

    He’s been ahead of Specter in that poll for five days now.

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