Fix: Senate race "firmly in play"

Published by Tim McNulty on .

In response to the polling released earlier today showing Tom Smith inching closer to incumbent Bob Casey, the WashPost political blog "The Fix" is declaring Pa's Senate race "firmly in play" and moving it from their "solid Democratic" to "lean Democratic" category.

They write:

Even as President Obama has solidified his lead in recent months over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, Republican Senate nominee Tom Smith has been inching closer to Sen. Robert Casey (D).

Smith, a self-funding former Democrat who emerged from the a crowded primary field in April, has outspent Casey on the airwaves during the general election, and polling shows he stands within striking distance of the first-term Democrat with under six weeks to go until election day.

As a result of this narrowing, we are moving the Pennsylvania Senate race from “solid Democratic” to “lean Democratic” on our 2012 Senate map. The shift reflects movement toward the Republican side and suggests the race is firmly in play.

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