Pennsylvania Pro-Life Candidate Pat Toomey Holds Big Lead Over Joe Sestak

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 17, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Candidate Pat Toomey Holds Big Lead Over Joe Sestak

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 17
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Pat Toomey, the pro-life candidate for the Senate in Pennsylvania to replace pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter. has taken a big lead over his pro-abortion rival Joe Sestak. A new survey from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows Toomey jumping out to a 9-point lead, 45-36, with 20% still undecided.

That’s a big difference from the June poll from the firm showing the race dead even at 41 percent.

Sestak gets only 64% of Democrats to Toomey’s 74% of Republicans, and Toomey’s support among unaffiliated voters is now a majority, 50-23.

Sestak also now has a net-negative favorability rating by 10 points, after breaking even in June, while Toomey keeps a barely positive mark.

The polling firm says its surveying of likely voters finds a much different group of people turning out this November than in the presidential elections that resulted in the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

"The likely 2010 electorate reports voting for John McCain by 1 point over Barack
Obama, as opposed to Obama’s actual 10-point victory," PPP said of likely Pennsylvania voters.

"But that does not explain the difference between this poll and the June results, which also showed a one-point McCain advantage. This electorate is simply more conservative, and there are more Republicans and fewer Democrats than in the overall registered electorate," PPP noted. "Those Democrats who do intend to vote are less favorable toward Obama."

“This race is suddenly looking less a toss-up than previously, and while Democrats have a large registration advantage, they are simply looking less inclined to vote than are Republicans, and the state’s poor economy is surely having an effect on the incumbent party,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

Pennsylvania’s Senate race is one of about 10-12 nationally that provide pro-life advocates with a chance to gain seats and possibly control of the Senate, which backed the pro-abortion health care bill and has promoted other abortion funding President Barack Obama supports.

In June, the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Toomey.
"As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pat Toomey had a solid pro-life record," NRLC PAC director Karen Cross told

"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."

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