Pennsylvania Senate: Pro-Life Pat Toomey Solidifying Lead

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 27, 2010   |   1:18PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

Two new polls in the Pennsylvania Senate race make it clear pro-life candidate Pat Toomey appears to be headed to victory over pro-abortion candidate Joe Sestak.
A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Wednesday shows Toomey supported by 43 percent of likely voters to Sestak’s 36 percent with about 20 percent still undecided.

The poll of 489 Pennsylvanians deemed likely to vote was conducted through Sunday and released today, though its percentage of undecided voters seems high to most analysts.

The Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion and the Morning Call newspaper released a new poll today as well showing Toomey leading by five percentage points, 46-41 percent. After appearing to be tied last week, Toomey has opened up a consistent lead that the poll has measured every day for the last five days.

The undecided voters were equally split with 14 percent of those undecided saying they would vote for Toomey and the same percentage for Sestak.

Toomey runs better with older voters, men, Republicans and independents while Sestak polls better with women, younger voters and Democrats.

Both candidates have roughly the same equal split of voters saying they view the candidate favorably as unfavorably.

In June, the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Toomey in his bid to replace pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost his effort to win the Democratic primary to Sestak.

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

“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.”

With Pennsylvania voters — including Democrats and independents — having strongly pro-life views, the issue of abortion could turn the race in Toomey’s favor.