Republicans received some good news this morning. In Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll finds that Arlen Specter’s lead over Pat Toomey has all but disappeared, with Specter now ahead by a statstically insignificant 45 percent to 44 percent. Back in May, Specter had a 20-point lead. In further bad news for Specter, the poll also found that voters by a 49 percent to 40 percent margin say he does not deserve reelection. If this polling continues, it could hurt him in the primary, because the main argument for Democrats to nominate him instead of the more liberal Joe Sestak is that Specter is more electable. That may no longer be so obvious, though in a hypothetical matchup Toomey edges out Sestak 39 percent to 35 percent.
Meanwhile Teagan Goddard reports:
Political Wire got an early look at a new Strategic Vision poll in New Jersey that shows Chris Christie (R) leading Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race, 53% to 38%.
Corzine has been unable to move the needle and appears stuck at between 37% to 39%. He is losing badly among Independents.”