Senator Arlen Specter leads Congressman Joe Sestak by 19 percentage points in an early look at the 2010 Democratic Senatorial Primary in Pennsylvania. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race shows Specter attracting 51% of the vote while Sestak earns 32%.
Not surprisingly, Specter, a senator for nearly 30 years, is much better known than Sestak, a retired Navy admiral and second-term congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of likely Democratic Primary voters have a very favorable opinion of the incumbent senator, who recently switched parties to improve his chances for reelection. Only 18% say the same for Sestak.
The number with a very unfavorable view is virtually identical: 10% for Specter and nine percent (9%) for Sestak.