Pennsylvania Senate race a dead heat

Alexis Levinson | Political Reporter

The Pennsylvania Senate race is a dead heat, according to a poll released Friday.

Rasmussen found Republican Tom Smith trailing Democratic Sen. Bob Casey 45 percent to 46 percent. The one-point split is within the poll’s 4.5 percentage point margin of error, leaving the raise effectively tied.

With less than two weeks until election day, nine percent of voters remain undecided.

Until recently, Casey was expected to cruise to re-election. But Smith has gained momentum over the last month, and several recent polls now show a single-digit race.

Smith has a very large war chest, having loaned millions of dollars in money to his campaign. He also outraised Casey by a narrow margin in third quarter individual donations.

“This is further evidence that Tom Smith has all the momentum and is well positioned to pull off the upset,” said Jim Conroy, campaign manager for Smith for Senate. “Pennsylvania voters are learning the truth about Bob Casey’s record as an ineffective career politician with no plan to solve the problems he helped create.”

The Casey campaign did not respond to request for comment.

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