Press Esc to close
Saturday 02 July 2016
News updated at 3:45 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Obama's lead slips as US poll nears

New York, October 16, 2012, Reuters:

Pennsylvania reclaims ‘swing state’ status

The US Senate race in Pennsylvania has become “too close to call” three weeks before the election, while President Barack Obama’s lead in the state has slipped from 12 to 4 percentage points after a disappointing debate performance, a Quinnipiac poll said on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania, seen until recently as secure for the Democratic president, now appears to be competitive, with Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney 50 per cent to 46 per cent.

Just 7 per cent of the state’s likely voters say they might change their minds before November 6, the poll found.

The large state is one of the top prizes in the presidential election with 20 votes in the Electoral College, tying it with Illinois for fifth place in the number of electors by state.

Only California, Texas, New York and Florida have more.

“It’s no secret that the president underperformed in the debate, including by his own account,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in an interview.

While Pennsylvania-born Vice President Joe Biden’s debate performance last week against Romney's running mate, US Representative Paul Ryan, played well with voters in the state, it “did not move the ticket at all,” Malloy said.

In Pennsylvania, men, white Catholics and blue collar voters have flocked to the Romney camp over the last month, he said. In Quinnipiac’s September 26 poll, Obama led by 12 points. Obama and Romney will face off in their second of three debates later on Tuesday.

In the US Senate race, the poll spells bad news for Democrats, who hope to hold on to their 51 to 47 advantage over Republicans in the 100-seat chamber. While much attention has been paid to a handful of close races - including Missouri, Indiana, Massachusetts and Connecticut - Democratic incumbent Robert Casey Jr. has been favored to win in Pennsylvania.

Casey, an anti-abortion, pro-gun moderate Democrat whose father was a popular Pennsylvania governor, won the Senate seat six years ago by defeating Republican Rick Santorum by 18 percentage points. Santorum went on to be one of Romney's principal rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

Republican businessman Tom Smith was virtually unknown in the state in April when he won the Republican Senate primary. As recently as August 1, a Quinnipiac survey showed Casey beating Smith 55 per cent to 37 per cent.

Smith, a former coal miner who went on to own a coal company, has poured nearly $17 million of his own money into his campaign and has spent heavily on television ads.

According to the poll released on Tuesday, Casey's lead has narrowed to just 3 percentage points. “Tom Smith’s relentless TV ad barrage has lifted him out of the coal mine to give Sen. Robert Casey a run for his money,” said Malloy.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Dark clouds over the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday...

Dark clouds over the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday...

Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs prays besides Mother's tomb...

Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs prays besides Mother's tomb...

An eagle on the premises of the Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in Mysuru on Friday...

An eagle on the premises of the Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in Mysuru on Friday...

Bollywood actors Kalki Koechlin and Imaran Khan during the special screening of short film...

Bollywood actors Kalki Koechlin and Imaran Khan during the special screening of short film...

Muslims offering last Friday prayers in front of Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata during the holy...

Muslims offering last Friday prayers in front of Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata during the holy...

People climb stairs at Agrasen ki Baoli in New Delhi...

People climb stairs at Agrasen ki Baoli in New Delhi...

A priest performs worship near Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas during a ceremony...

A priest performs worship near Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas during a ceremony...

Police personnel with the bikes after the launch of 'Rapid Rural Police Response System' at Punjab..

Police personnel with the bikes after the launch of 'Rapid Rural Police Response System' at Punjab..

Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affaira visits the country's oldest...

Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affaira visits the country's oldest...

A peocock flies at the Rajbhavan in Mumbai on Friday...

A peocock flies at the Rajbhavan in Mumbai on Friday...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523