Declaration of independents in Pa.

Swing state may hit Sestak

Mr. Toomey, in turn, assails Mr. Sestak for voting for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, the $862 billion economic stimulus, the health care law and “cap-and-trade” legislation that critics deride as an energy tax.

“That’s liberal,” said Mr. Toomey. Mr. Sestak “is in lock step with [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and her agenda.”

Republicans frequently link Mr. Sestak with the House speaker from San Francisco and argue that Mr. Sestak does nothing more than toe the Democratic line. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, “If voters give Mr. Sestak a promotion this November, they can expect more of the same from the Washington Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda - lost jobs, higher taxes and bigger government.”

Freed from a GOP primary this year, Mr. Toomey has amassed far more money. He raised $3.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter and ended with $4.65 million available. He has four offices open, is running TV ads and is getting help from deep-pocketed groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Sestak emerged from his hard-fought Democratic primary with Mr. Specter all but broke; he raised $1.95 million last quarter and had about $2 million on hand. He has yet to run TV ads but has 10 campaign offices.

Still, almost three months before Election Day, polls show the Senate race a dead heat.

If independents break for the Republicans this fall in Pennsylvania, Democrats could lose a Senate seat and a governorship in an important presidential state two years before Mr. Obama is expected to seek re-election.

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