After months of enjoying strong leads over their Republican challengers in battleground Pennsylvania, President Obama and Sen. Bob Casey are edging their opponents by only a few points three weeks before Election Day.
Obama is up over Mitt Romney 49% to 45% when factoring in likely voters leaning toward one candidate, according to a new survey released Monday by the Morning Call/Muhlenberg College. Speculation had recently suggested that Romney had all but given up on winning the state, and had redirected campaign resources to the pivotal swing state of Ohio, but the new poll places him within the margin of error of 5%.
While the presidential race tightening was somewhat expected given recent polling across the country that shows Romney’s continued post-debate surge, more stunning is the Senate matchup.
Political veteran Casey, the Democrat, now leads Republican newcomer Tom Smith by just two percentage points, 41% to 39%, a staggering change from the August results of the same poll, in which Casey led Smith by 19 percentage points. The dramatic drop-off is likely attributed to Smith's early effort on statewide television, depicting Casey as ineffective at a time when distrust in Washington is at its highest.