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Pa. Senate: Is It Curtains for Santorum?

Sen. Rick Santorum's (R-Pa.) political future looks more tenuous by the day. A new Republican poll released today shows Santorum trailing state auditor Bob Casey Jr. (D) by 16 points, with Casey over the crucial 50 percent mark.

Casey takes 52 percent to 36 percent for Santorum in the Strategic Vision survey, which carries a number of other ill omens for Republicans generally and Santorum specifically. Thirty-four percent said Pennsylvania is "headed in the right direction" while 54 percent said it was "headed in the wrong direction." Just 36 percent approve of the job President Bush is doing currently, compared with 57 percent who disapprove. 

The third-quarter fundraising numbers for the two candidates are another ill omen for Santorum.  Casey outraised the incumbent $2.2 million to $1.8 million from July 1 to Sept. 30. But every cloud has a silver lining: Santorum has $6.6 million in the bank compared with $3 million for Casey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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