Primary Poll: Specter gets crushed by Toomey

The Scorecard:

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) would get crushed in a Republican primary against Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, trailing his conservative challenger by double digits, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released today.

The poll shows Specter trailing Toomey by 14 points, 41 to 27 percent, with 28 percent of Republicans undecided.

Specter is much more popular among Democrats and independents than he is with his own party. A near-majority (47 percent) of Republican voters view him unfavorably, with only 29 percent viewing him favorably. But he receives favorable ratings from 60 percent of Democrats, and a 41 percent plurality of independents.

Ironically, his overall approval rating is a healthy 52 percent – the same as Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and higher than Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.).

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