Rasmussen: GOP’s Toomey still up six points over Sestak in Pa. Senate race 

Looks like the latest results aren’t much changed from two weeks ago:

Republican Pat Toomey continues to hold a small lead over Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Pennsylvania Voters shows Toomey earning 45% support, while Sestak picks up 39% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.

Interestingly enough, if you look at the poll’s internals the two candidates are viewed ‘very favorably’ by about the same percentage of the electorate — 20 and 19 percent respectively. But the percentage that views Sestak ‘unfavorably’ is 18 percent versus 12 percent for Toomey. Rasmussen notes:

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with strong opinions more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

As for why Sestak might have higher unfavorable ratings, I’d wager that Sestak’s handling of the scandal where the White House allegedly tried to bribe out of the race might be really hurting him.

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