Scranton Times-Tribune- McGinty, others leave Adm. Sestak lost at sea

by Roderick Random | May 02, 2016
A Harper Polling poll just days before the election had Ms. McGinty up 6 points.

Joe Sestak got Sestakked on Tuesday.

In his 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate primary election against a newly minted Democrat, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, Mr. Sestak came from way behind to win. In the primary Tuesday, the former Navy admiral came from way ahead to lose to former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty.
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He even led most polling throughout the race. For a while, his lead expanded — from 4 points in January to 9 points in February to 17 points by mid March. He had us wondering why the heck everybody was endorsing Ms. McGinty.

Alas, like Mr. Specter, Mr. Sestak owned his own name-recognition lead. In other words, he led because more Democrats knew him and didn’t know her. Even in the poll he led by 17 points, 46 percent said they didn’t know how they would vote.

Fueled by a wave of television advertising by her campaign and outside groups, plus multiple volleys of mailed campaign literature, Ms. McGinty filled in the gap for the 46 percent, relentlessly attacking Mr. Sestak.

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A Harper Polling poll just days before the election had Ms. McGinty up 6 points.

She beat Mr. Sestak by 10.2 points (43.1 percent to 32.9 percent).

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