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Newest Poll: Independents Helping GOP Candidates in Penna.

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The final Quinnipiac University poll of the 2010 campaign shows what most other polls show: that the Republican candidates lead in the Pennsylvania races for governor and US Senate, with the Senate race tighter than the contest for governor.

quinnipiac poll x Newest Poll: Independents Helping GOP Candidates in Penna.This last Quinnipiac poll shows Republican US Senate candidate Pat Toomey up by five points, leading Democrat Joe Sestak 50 to 45 percent among likely voters.

In the race for governor, Republican Tom Corbett leads Democrat Dan Onorato by ten points, 52 to 42 percent.

Corbett leads by an even bigger margin among independents, 53 to 34 percent.  And Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, says the independents are contributing to the leader in the Senate race, too:

“In the Senate race, Toomey is beating Sestak 52 to 39 percent among independents. Those are pretty sizeable margins, and candidates that get that kind of vote among independents generally win.”

Meanwhile, the final Muhlenberg College tracking poll, which gave Sestak a slight lead on October 20th, has Toomey up by four points and Corbett up by seven points among likely voters.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo.

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