Romney and Smith Surge In New Pennsylvania Poll

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and US Sentate candidate Tom Smith have both seen considerable surges in support among Pennsylvania voters over the last two weeks according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University.

Romney, who trailed failed President Barack Obama by 12 points at the end of September, has surged to within a mere 4 points of the president here. And Smith, who was behind phantom Senator Bob Casey 49%-43% in September, now trails Casey by only a 3-point margin, 48% to 45%. Casey held a massive 18 point lead at the beginning of August.

In this Senate race, men go Republican 53 – 42 percent, while women back the Democrat 53 – 38 percent. Independent voters are divided 44 – 44 percent.

“Tom Smith’s relentless TV ad barrage has lifted him out of the coal mine to give Sen. Robert Casey a run for his money,” Malloy said. “Casey had a 55 – 37 percent lead in Quinnipiac University’s August 1 survey. Now this race is too close to call.”

All of this comes on the heels of a report from yesterday that, following a move from last week to cancel radical PA-8 Democrat US House candidate Kathy Boockvar’s ad spending, the DCCC has now removed itself entirely from all support for the candidate.

They’re not even interested in saving themselves from the humiliation of a massive, crushing defeat in a district that they’d previously tagged as a prime “Red to Blue” seat earlier this year. Things out there must be worse for Democrats than they seem in the publicly released polls. They’re having to fall back and defend seats they thought were safe, and they don’t have the luxury of spending money merely to save face and keep it close here. Ouch.

The decision is based on a multitude of factors, including the likeliness of Boockvar to pull of the win versus the cost of sustaining a television presence on her behalf. Philly is the fourth-most expensive media market in the nation, and the committee decided its resources were most effectively spent elsewhere.

It would be virtually unprecedented for a national committee to withdraw advertising plans if a challenger was running ahead or close to an incumbent in the polls.

Getting ugly out there for Democrats. Romney’s got coattails, and a competent performance in tonight’s debate could seal the election.