PoliticsPA- PA-Sen: Harper Poll: Toomey Leads All Potential Challengers

by Nick Field | May 12, 2015
It may be early but there’s good news for Senator Pat Toomey. According to a new survey from Harper Polling, the incumbent leads all potential Democratic challengers in a 2016 match-up.

It may be early but there’s good news for Senator Pat Toomey.

According to a new survey from Harper Polling, the incumbent leads all potential Democratic challengers in a 2016 match-up.

Former Congressman and 2010 nominee Joe Sestak and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski have declared their candidacies. Meanwhile, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro has been approached by national Democrats about jumping into the race.
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While incredibly early, this survey could still have an impact on the race. Shapiro is reluctant to jump into the contest as he faces re-election as Commissioner this November. Furthermore, since the Attorney General is in a bit of trouble he can always ran against her in the Democratic primary next year. A crucial factor in the decision between a race for Senate and a race for Attorney General is that any money Shapiro raises for his re-election campaign can be carried over in the latter case but not the former.

One important caveat to these numbers is that Harper is a Republican polling firm, although their gubernatorial surveys last year were mostly in line with the eventual results.
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