New poll: Sestak leads Specter by 9 

Despite having President Obama and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee behind him, Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., appears set to lose his primary, according to a new poll by Suffolk University:

Congressman Joe Sestak (49 percent) leads incumbent Arlen Specter (40 percent) by 9 points in the race for U.S. Senate among likely Democratic Primary voters in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released today by the Suffolk University Political Research Center. Twelve percent of voters were undecided.

The winner of the Democratic Primary will most likely face Republican Pat Toomey, who led Peg Luksik 60 percent to 9 percent in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.

A loss by Specter would render useless his party switch of last year. He bolted the GOP in April 2009 to avoid losing a GOP primary to Toomey, who led him by double-digits in the polls.

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