Pennsylvania: Tom Smith Launches Senate Campaign

Politics PA: 
Coal industry veteran and former Tea Party leader Tom Smith officially announced his U.S. Senate candidacy Tuesday morning in a fly-around tour of the state.
“I am humbled and encouraged by the support I have received in my campaign, from Republicans … and also from Democrats and Independents who believe it may be time for Mr. Smith to go to Washington.”
Harrisburg was Smith’s second stop on a two-day announcement tour across the state. He spoke in the headquarters of Hydroworx, a company that manufactures specialty underwater treadmills for use in rehabilitation.

Pennsylvania May Do Away With Winner-Takes-All in Electoral College

Pileggi says he wants to change that “winner-take-all system,” and guide the system used in Maine and Nebraska through Pennsylvania’s Legislature this fall, before the 2012 presidential votes are cast. Republicans in both chambers say the bill has a strong chance of moving fast enough to be approved for next year.

“The system we have now, is a winner-take-all system, the system I am proposing would more precisely conform the electoral college to the popular vote and it would make the presidential election more relevant across the state, give voters more of a sense that they are active participants in the presidential election.”

Associated Press Claims 2012 Could be Worse for Democrats Than 2010

Last week’s election was bad for Democrats. The next one could be worse.
Senate Democrats running in 2012 will be trying to hold their jobs in states where Republicans just scored major congressional and gubernatorial victories — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Virginia.
The Democrats’ problems don’t end with senators.

Associated Press

Pennsylvania: Toomey Leads Sestak by 4 pts

Pat ToomeyImage via Wikipedia PA Survey of 750 Likely Voters
October 28, 2010  

Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate
Pat Toomey (R) 50%
Joe Sestak (D) 46%
Some Other Candidate 1%
Not sure
Rasmussen Reports

Pennsylvania: Toomey Regains the Momentum

The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College daily tracking poll of the race found Toomey leading Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak 47-42 percent, with 11 percent undecided.
In recent weeks, Sestak made up ground on Toomey in the closely-watched contest, but Monday’s poll suggests that Toomey could be heading off that momentum. Three polls last week showed the Democrat and the Republican running in virtually a dead heat after Toomey had led the race for weeks. 

The Hill