Sestak counts on endorsements to close the gap

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak hopes that a slew of newspaper endorsements across Pennsylvania will help him gain the support of undecided voters.

In his latest ad, Sestak tries to position himself as an independent, moderate voice while painting his opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, as an extremist. The spot highlights endorsements from large Pennsylvania newspapers that the Democrat has received.

According to recent polling, Sestak is running slightly behind in the race. The latest Real Clear Politics average has Toomey ahead by four points, and labels the race as a “toss-up.”

A Rasmussen Reports poll released October 28 shows that Toomey still holds a four-point edge over the Democrat, leading 50 percent to 46 percent.

Sestak’s campaign manager Rich Sestak asked supporters in an e-mail to contribute to a “major fundraising push” to get the ad on the air.

We need to get this ad in the greater rotation to reach the remaining 15 percent of Pennsylvania voters that are still undecided in this dead-locked Senate race,” the campaign manager said.

The ad points to endorsements that describe Sestak as someone with the “courage needed to be independent,” and “moderate, reasonable, ideas,” while featuring Toomey as a candidate who “represents the most extreme views.”