Poll: Dems hold double-digit leads in Pennsylvania races for governor, Senate

Poll: Dems hold double-digit leads in Pennsylvania races for governor, Senate
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Democrats in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial and Senate races are holding double-digit leads over their Republican opponents, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.) holds a 14-point advantage among registered voters, leading his Republican challenger state Sen. Scott Wagner 54 to 40 percent. Six percent are undecided.

Wolf is buoyed by a 51 percent approval rating in the state while his opponent has a relatively low name recognition. Thirty percent of registered voters said they hadn’t heard of Wagner or didn’t know enough about him to render a judgment. 


Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa Overnight Health Care: Biden infuriates abortion-rights groups with stance on Hyde Amendment | Trump tightens restrictions on fetal tissue research | Democrats plan event to scrutinize Trump's mental health The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems, progressives preview anti-Biden offensive MORE (D-Pa.) has a 15-point advantage over challenger Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 GOP trading fancy offices, nice views for life in minority Casey secures third Senate term over Trump-backed Barletta MORE (R-Pa.) at 53-38, with nine percent undecided.

Forty-eight percent said they have a favorable impression of Casey, while 30 percent said the same of Barletta.

Democrats in both races may be aided by poor ratings for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE and his policies in the state.

The poll found Trump has a 37 percent approval rating and a 53 percent disapproval rating in the state.

In addition, Trump’s tariffs are unpopular with nearly all demographic groups polled except for self-identified Republicans and Trump voters. 

Forty-six percent believe tariffs with raise the cost of consumer goods and hurt the U.S. economy, while 28 percent think they will protect American jobs and help the economy.

Trump has endorsed both Wagner and Barletta.

Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania by less than 1 percent in 2016.

Updated: 10 p.m.