Pro-Life Senate Candidates Hold Leads in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kentucky
by Steven Ertelt
October 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — If the pro-life movement hopes to have any chance of halting at least some of President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda, they will need to hold on to pro-life seats in the Senate and pick up seats from some of his pro-abortion allies. That appears to be happening in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
In the Keystone State, Republican Pat Toomey, who is pro-life, still stands just short of 50% against pro-abortion Democrat Joe Sestak.
Should Toomey hold on to win, he will pick up a key Senate seat from pro-abortion Se. Arlen Specter.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Pennsylvania voters finds Toomey with 49% support to Sestaks 40% when leaners are included. Four percent (4%) favor another candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.
With the numbers little changed from two weeks ago when Toomey held a 49% to 41% lead, the race remains one Rasmussen predicts will change hands.
"In surveys since early February, Toomeys support has ranged from 42% to 49%. Except for a brief surge following his mid-May primary victory over incumbent Senator Arlen Specter, Sestak’s support in that same period has run from 36% to 42%," Rasmussen noted.
In Wisconsin, pro-life Republican Ron Johnson now leads pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold by 12 points in what is his largest lead of the campaign.
The Rasmussen poll shows Johnson picking up 54% support, while Feingold, who is running for his fourth term in the Senate, gets 42% of the vote with leaners included. Four percent favor another candidate or are undecided.
Two weeks ago, Johnson held a 51% to 44% lead including leaners just after his decisive win in the GOP primary. The latest numbers signal a continuing deterioration in Feingold’s support after it held steady at 46% in surveys from May through August.
And in Kentucky, the new Rasmussen poll of likely voters finds pro-life Republican Rand Paul continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democrat Jack Conway.
The new survey has Paul earning 49% support, while Conway picks up 38% of the vote. Five percent (5%) favor some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
Three weeks ago, Paul held a 54% to 39% lead over Conway, Kentuckys current attorney general.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of Kentucky Republicans support Paul, as do nearly one-in-four Democrats (24%). Conway has the backing of just 67% of voters in his own party. Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties prefer Paul by nearly 20 points.
The pro-life movement is actively working for other pro-life candidates in key Senate races, such as Carly Fiorina in California, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Marco Rubio in Florida.
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