06/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Poll Shows Specter's Lead In Pennsylvania Shrinking

A new poll of Pennsylvania voters suggests that newly-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter may be losing ground in his bid for re-election in the 2010 Senate race.

A Quinnipiac University poll released today indicates that the 20 point lead Specter enjoyed earlier this month has shrunk to just 9 points, with voters now favoring Specter over his probable Republican challenger, Rep. Pat Toomey, 46 to 37 percent.

According to Clay F. Richards, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Specter could be doing worse.

"Sen. Arlen Specter's numbers have slipped since the controversy that followed his switch to the Democratic Party, but he's still better off than he would have been if he stayed a Republican and faced a tough primary challenge from former Rep. Pat Toomey," Richards said.

The poll also suggests that Specter has a considerable edge on Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who announced yesterday that he may challenge Specter for the Democratic primary.

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