Pro-Life Senate Candidates Lead in Nevada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, NC
by Steven Ertelt
October 14, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In the latest update of polls in the competitive Senate races across the nation, four pro-life candidates have leads in North Carolina and three states where they would replace longtime abortion advocates. The pro-life hopefuls lead in Nevada, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
A new Mason-Dixon poll in Nevada shows Sharron Angle, the candidate backed by pro-life groups, ahead of pro-abortion Sen. Harry Reid, who has severely watered down his formerly pro-life views.
Angle by two points in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 45% and pollster Brad Coker says the race may end up turning out to be a referendum on Reid, which makes it appear more likely he will go down in defeat.
"I wouldn’t call it momentum so much as what you would expect to happen as undecided voters start to drift a little bit toward the nonincumbent. At the end of the day, if Nevada voters really want to get rid of Reid, they’ll vote for just about anybody. And I’ve always said this race is a referendum on Reid," he said.
A Wednesday Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada finds Angle with 49% support and Reid at 48%.
In West Virginia, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, after recent moves to highlight his independence from the pro-abortion Obama agenda, is now once again in a near tie with pro-life challenger John Raese.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters shows Raese edging Manchin 49% to 46%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
Last week, Raese, a businessman and unsuccessful Senate candidate in 2006, pulled ahead of Manchin 50% to 44%, but that changed somewhat after Manchin backed down on his support for pro-abortion ObamaCare and that move appears to have paid dividends with some voters.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey, the pro-life candidate, now holds a 10-point lead over pro-abortion Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak. That is the widest gap between the candidates since early April in Pennsylvanias U.S. Senate race.
Rasmussen has Toomey earning 49% of the vote, while Sestak picks up 39% support. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, but a sizable 10% remain undecided less than three weeks before Election Day.
Two weeks ago, Toomey, a conservative activist who formerly served in Congress, was ahead 49% to 40%, and earlier in September, he posted a 49% to 41% lead. The race now moves from Leans GOP to Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports ratings.
In North Carolina, pro-life Republican Senator Richard Burr still holds a double-digit lead over challenger Elaine Marshall in his bid for reelection — 52-38 percent..
And in California, Rasmussen finds pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer continues to hold the slightest of leads over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in Californias U.S. Senate race, 49-46 percent. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
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