Pennsylvania: Pro-Life Corbett Leads Onorato by Five Percent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2010   |   7:54PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

Tom Corbett, the pro-life gubernatorial candidate, continues to lead pro-abortion candidate Dan Onorato by five points among Pennsylvania voters.

The lead is smaller than in the last Rasmussen Reports survey, but Corbett is still shown as the favorite and he reaches the 50 percent mark needed to win the election.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Pennsylvania finds Corbett with 50% support to Onorato’s 45%. Two percent prefer another candidate while three percent of voters while three percent are still undecided.

“Last week, Corbett led Onorato 54% to 40%, his best showing yet,” Rasmussen indicated. “In surveys dating back to early February, Corbett has consistently held a double-digit advantage over Onorato, with support ranging from a low of 45% to a high of 54%. In those same surveys, Onorato has earned anywhere from 26% to 45% of the vote.”

Corbett is favored by 87% of Republicans in the poll while Onorato draws support from 79% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Corbett holds an eight-point lead over Onorato, which appears to be making the difference in the race.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has endorsed Corbett and Lt. Governor candidate Jim Cawley, calling them a “pro-life team.”

Corbett was one of the sponsors of the 2008 Celebrate Life Banquet benefiting the work of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund.

The organization applauded him in 2008 when he joined with attorneys general from across the country in objecting to a special $100 million dollar deal for Nebraska included in the Senate’s pro-abortion health care bill.

The deal was designed to win the vote of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who had previously opposed the troubled legislation, but then flip-flopped on the bill and abortion funding.