Tom Smith Closing In On Casey

Voters aren’t buying the Failed Obama-Casey Agenda

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement highlighting the fact that the race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania tightened:

“The more voters find out about Bob Casey’s failed record and his close allegiance to President Obama, the less they believe that either deserves a second term. Whether it’s the fact that Casey has passed zero bills in the U.S. Senate or has voted with President Obama’s disastrous agenda 98% of the time, it’s clear that more and more Pennsylvanians understand that Casey has failed them. We look forward to working over the next 40 days to educate voters about Tom Smith’s plan to get our economy moving again.”

Washington Post calls Smith vs. Casey “firmly in play”

Smith, a self-funding former Democrat who emerged from the a crowded primary field in April, has outspent Casey on the airwaves during the general election, and polling shows he stands within striking distance of the first-term Democrat with under six weeks to go until election day.

As a result of this narrowing, we are moving the Pennsylvania Senate race from “solid Democratic” to “lean Democratic” on our 2012 Senate map. The shift reflects movement toward the Republican side and suggests the race is firmly in play.

(Sullivan, Sean. Washington Post. Pennsylvania Senate race moves to ‘lean Democratic’ September 26, 2012)


Smith closing gap on Casey in Senate race, polls show

Republican Tom Smith is gaining ground on incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, according to results of two new polls.


Mr. Smith has been chipping away at Mr. Casey’s lead in a race for a seat widely considered to have been safely in Democratic hands.


If poll numbers continue in that direction, observers say Mr. Smith — whose campaign is largely self-financed — could end up with more help from the Republican National Committee, which is seeking to regain control of the Senate.

(Mauriello, Tracie. Smith closing gap on Casey in Senate race, polls show. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 26, 2012)


WaPo Moves PA Senate Race to “Lean Democratic”

It’s a good day for Tom Smith. The self-funding farmer-turned-coal company owner is steadily making headway against Senator Bob Casey. The race has begun to tighten down the stretch, prompting The Washington Post to downgrade the race from “solid Democrat” to “lean Democrat” on its 2012 Senate map.


Pennsylvania is in good company, joining the ranks of Ohio, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Maine, and Michigan as state’s with competitive Senate races.

(Gretchko, Andrew. WaPo Moves PA Senate Race to “Lean Democratic” PoliticsPA. September 26, 2012.)