Despite a rocky start since winning the Democratic Senate nomination last month, a new poll from the DSCC shows Rep. Joe Sestak (D) comfortably ahead in the matchup with former Rep. Pat Toomey (R).
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The DSCC poll, conducted by well-regarded Democratic polling firm Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group last week, shows Sestak leading Toomey by a margin of 47-40 after two weeks in which Sestak has been pounded by Republicans over his statement that the White House offered him a job to stay out of a primary fight with the man he eventually defeated, Sen. Arlen Specter.
That story has dominated national reporting of the Senate race in Pennsylvania, with the White House scrambling to answer questions about the deal, which the Obama administration has said included former President Clinton asking if Sestak would be interested in an unpaid position on a presidential board in exchange for not running. The story has caused an ongoing kerfluffle in D.C., but the new DSCC poll suggests it hasn't had the same effect on Pennsylvania voters.