By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Admittedly, it is early to be thinking about the 2016 U.S. Senate race, but pollsters are already asking Pennsylvania voters whether they’re willing to re-elect Pat Toomey.READ MORE: Man Charged After Juvenile Shot In Alleged Road Rage Incident In Lehigh County, Police Say
Public Policy Polling surveyed more than a thousand voters about potential Senate challengers to Toomey. The only democrat who could beat him — if the election were held now — is former Governor Ed Rendell, who says he has no interest in running:
“I’m not a legislator, never will be.”
Still, state democratic chairman Jim Burns sees hopeful signs in the poll because it shows several democrats trailing by four-percent — the kind of margin that can be closed in a vigorous campaign.READ MORE: 55-Year-Old Eloise Harmon, Who Was Shot And Killed In South Philadelphia, Identified As City's 500th Homicide Victim
“The conversation in the Democratic Party at this point is finding our best candidate in a primary and rallying around that candidate,” Burns says.
Burns says it’s too early to say who that might be. Consultant Larry Ceisler says it may not matter:
“Pat Toomey is at the mercy of who’s at the top of the ticket.”MORE NEWS: Flyers Ripped By Hurricanes For 5th Straight Loss
That’s also too early to tell. Toomey’s campaign declined requests for comment.