The latest Keystone/Franklin & Marshall poll reveals that Senator Santorum is quickly closing the gap between him and his presumed opponent Bob Casey Jr. Casey's lead is now only six points. (Casey 47% and Santorum 41%). I have to admit that this was expected. I never thought Casey was a strong enough candidate to hold a double digit lead into the late summer/early fall campaign season. The graph below reveals that Casey has been in a steady decline since his peak in November. Furthermore, the sharp decline in recent months could be the beginning of a free fall.
It just seems like the more Pennsylvania voters become familiar with Casey the less likely they are willing to vote for him. Casey is simply not an inspirational/high energy type candidate. Casey's two primary debate flops confirm these perceived character flaws. In my opinion, Casey primary opponent Chuck Pennachio won both of the primary debates. Actually, Casey came in last in the Slippery Rock debate behind both Pennachio and Alan Sandals. PA democratic voters are probably wonder how Casey will ever defeat Senator Santorum in November if he can't even win a debate against two relatively unknown candidates in the primary. There goes party morale.
The inevitable Casey freefall encompasses more than just personality flaws. The truth is Casey and his campaign doesn't represent the views and passions of democratic voters. These are the same voters that are not willing to "sell out" party principles just to defeat Santorum in November. I personally don't blame them.
Frequent PennPatriot Online visitor Rick Santorum and his campaign staff, What's Up Mindy:) ?, should be happy with these latest poll results. I was always confident that Santorum could close the gap between him and Casey, but I never dreamed it would happen this early in the race. The poll results seem to indicate that Santorum is beginning to build momentum. This is surprising considering all the negative/untrue campaign ads that are currently being aired on TV's throughout PA. Ads paid for by the We Love Casey Committee (AKA. The Lantern Project). Overall, Santorum has successfully weathered the Democratic Party/Casey storm early without much campaign effort or damage. Once Santorum mounts a full campaign assault the Casey free fall will be kicked into high gear.