Sestak pulls even in Pennsylvania Senate race

A new Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday has Rep. Joe Sestak (D) tied with former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) in the race for Sen. Arlen Specter's (D-Pa.) Senate seat.

Sestak and Toomey both take 43 percent.

Toomey's support among independents has eroded somewhat from Quinnipiac's last poll on the race, in May. Toomey leads independents 44-35. In a May Q-poll, he led 46-30 among independents.

A large number of likely voters are still forming their opinions on the two. While 35 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Toomey, a full 51 percent said they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. Sestak is viewed favorably by 31 percent, but 47 percent said they didn't know enough about him.

Toomey holds the early fundraising lead in the race. His campaign announced Tuesday that he raised $3.1 million in the second quarter and has $4.6 million cash on hand.

Sestak pulled in $1.95 million and will report close to $2 million cash on hand. But his campaign said Sestak raised $1.6 million in just four weeks after defeating Sen. Specter in a May primary.