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In Pennsylvania, more bad news for Democrats

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Today’s Reuters/Ipsos poll on the Pennsylvania Senate race is the latest sign that Democrats’ troubles this fall may run deeper than expected.

Republican Pat Toomey is out to a 10-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak among likely voters.

Sestak, who beat Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, had been singled out by progressives as the left’s answer to “tea party” candidates — an outsider sent in to reclaim the party and Washington from moderates and career politicians.

Sestak took out Specter, but may have his hands full with Toomey, a conservative former congressman.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll follows Monday’s eye-opening Gallup poll, which shows voters prefer Republicans over Democrats by more than 10 points on the “generic ballot” test — the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate.

That gap is the largest GOP edge at this stage in 68 years.


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David Eldridge

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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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