Elijah Friedeman, the Millennial Perspective
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter announced in April that he was leaving the Republicans to become a Democrat. Specter obviously made the change for his own political well being, because he was facing a tough fight in the Republican primary.
A new poll shows that Specter and his likely opponent, Pat Toomey, are virtually tied, despite Obama's support of Specter. Quinnipiac University published the poll that shows Specter with 45% of the vote and Toomey with 44%.
Back in May Specter held a 20 point lead (53-33) over Toomey. Now that lead has almost completely vanished. The general election isn't until 2010, and Toomey looks like he is a force to be reckoned with.
The voters who were polled were largely split along party lines, but Toomey holds the slight edge (46-42) among independents.
The 2010 election is a is over a year away, but this race merits special attention since it could be a key indicator of whether or not the Republicans are making a comeback.