Arlen Specter would say that the latest Franklin and Marshall Poll is not “acting like a lady” According to poll released today, if the Pennsylvania election was held today, Specter would be retired to the farm tomorrow.
The poll reports that republican challenger Pat Toomey leads Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania by double digits, 45 percent of likely voters back Toomey, with 31 percent supporting Specter and 20 percent undecided.
As recently as December the same poll showed Specter and Toomey were tied. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring announcing to the Democratic party, “I am your 60th vote.” Of course Scott Brown’s victory has made Specter the 59th vote.
Even before the Brown victory, Pennsylvanians looked at Specters party change, his flip flops and his elitist town hall performance, and saw him as a political opportunist not a representative of their interests.
The poll also indicates that Toomey leads Rep. Joe Sestak (Specter’s Democratic Primary opponent) 41 percent to 19 percent among likely voters in a hypothetical general election matchup, with 37 percent undecided.
Sestak, a two-term congressman from southeastern Pennsylvania and former Navy admiral, is challenging Specter in May’s Democratic primary. According to the poll, Specter leads Sestak 30 percent to 13 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, with half of those questioned undecided
Specter has been in Congress for 5 terms, and unless some miracle happens, he will not see a 6th term. So grab some popcorn, this is going to get interesting.