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Toomey’s lead over Dems narrows

Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R) reelection margin is down in the single digits against each of his three major Democratic opponents, a new poll from Public Policy Polling released Thursday shows. 

{mosads}Toomey leads former Rep. Joe Sestak 41 percent to 38 percent in the poll from the Democratic-leaning group. He leads Katie McGinty, a former top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf, 43 percent to 36 percent. And recently announced candidate John Fetterman, a small-town mayor who gained national prominence for his working revitalizing his town, trails Toomey 34 percent to 41 percent.

Toomey has an underwater approval rating, according to PPP, with 28 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving of his performance. 

These numbers are a stark difference from a poll by Quinnipiac University late last month, as well as the race’s general trend lines. That poll found Toomey with a significant margin over both Sestak and McGinty, while not testing Fetterman, who had just entered the race, and a strong positive approval rating for the incumbent senator.  

The past three polls from Quinnipiac, Franklin and Marshall University and the Republican-leaning Harper Polling all show Toomey with double-digit leads over the Democratic field. 

The new PPP poll finds that 35 percent of Democratic primary voters haven’t settled on a candidate, but Sestak still leads with 29 percent. McGinty follows at 22 percent and Fetterman has support from 14 percent after jumping into the election a few weeks ago. 

The poll also provides a boon for Vice President Biden in general election match-ups for the presidency — he defeated all of the GOP presidential candidates he matched up against. 

Hillary Clinton defeats five candidates, including former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, while she loses to five others: Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.).

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) matches up slightly worse in most hypothetical general election match-ups. 

PPP polled 1,012 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent overall and 4.8 for the Democratic sample. About one-fifth of the respondents were polled over the Internet, while the others gave their answers by phone. 

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