Pat Toomey Has Big Lead in Pennsylvania Senate Race Over Democrat Joe Sestak

Toomey 48, Sestak 35

Only 2 points separated the 2 in the 2010 senate race (51-49)

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) begins his 2016 reelection efforts with a big lead over former Rep. Joe Sestak (D), according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday.

The survey shows Toomey taking 48 percent support compared to 35 percent for Sestak.

Voters in Pennsylvania have largely positive views of Toomey. Forty-nine percent say he’s doing a good job, compared to 24 percent who say he isn’t. In addition, 44 percent view him favorably, while only 23 percent have an unfavorable view of the senator.

Sestak, meanwhile, suffers from low name recognition. Sixty-one percent of Pennsylvania voters say they don’t know enough about him to have an opinion.

“It’s an uphill fight for Joe Sestak who has to chip away at U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s approval numbers while trying to win over Pennsylvanians who just don’t know enough about him,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.