National Right to Life Backs Toomey Over Sestek in Pennsylvania, Poll Shows Lead

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

National Right to Life Backs Toomey Over Sestek in Pennsylvania, Poll Shows Lead

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 4
, 2010

Harrisburg, PA ( — The National Right to Life Committee today endorsed pro-life Senate candidate Pat Toomey in his bid to replace pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost his effort to win the Democratic primary. The endorsement from the pro-life political group comes as new polling data shows Toomey with a lead.

"As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pat Toomey had a solid pro-life record," NRLC PAC director Karen Cross told today.

"Among his numerous pro-life votes, Pat Toomey voted to ban partial-birth abortions and voted for a bill that would prevent minor daughters from being taken across state lines for secret abortions without parental notice. Pat Toomey also consistently voted against federal funding of abortion," Cross explained.

On the other hand, his opponent, Joe Sestak, voted against pro-life legislation every chance he had, Cross said.

"Joe Sestak even voted to enact President Obama’s pro-abortion healthcare legislation, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments," Cross explained.

"Pat Toomey has proven his commitment to protect our most vulnerable citizens – our unborn children," Cross said. "Pat Toomey’s pro-life record should earn him the support of all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family."

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll has good news for Toomey and pro-life advocates, though the competitive state means anything is possible.

"Sestak’s post-primary bounce appears to over, and he now trails Republican rival Pat Toomey by seven points in the U.S. Senate contest in Pennsylvania," the pollster noted.

The poll of likely voters shows Toomey with 45% support, while Sestak earns 38%. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided.

Two weeks ago, just after his widely covered primary victory over longtime Specter, Sestak posted a modest four-point lead lead over Toomey. Prior to the primary, however, Toomey tended to enjoy modest leads over Sestak.

Rasmussen indicates "current polling shows that 19% of Democratic voters are undecided or prefer some other candidate. Only 7% of Republicans fall into this category. That suggests Sestak has some work remaining to unify his party following the primary battle."

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all the state’s voters favor repeal of the national health care bill that Sestak voted for as a member of the House, while 38% oppose repeal. Toomey earns 81% support from those who Strongly Favor repeal. Sestak picks up 80% of the vote of the smaller group that is Strongly Opposed.

The Republican now holds similar modest leads among both male and female voters. Voters not affiliated with either party strongly prefer Toomey but 34% of the unaffiliateds remain uncommitted to either candidate.

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