The series of polls showing President Obama leading in Pennsylvania hasn't gotten Pat Toomey down.
In fact, the state's Republican U.S. senator said this morning he expects Pennsylvania to provide a share of the electoral votes that deliver Mitt Romney to the White House.
"Basically, the dynamic that allowed me to win federal office in 2010 is still very much in place, and he is going to carry Pennsylvania in 2012 much the way that I carried Pennsylvania in 2010," Toomey said.
Toomey, a former congressman, won in a close race with Joe Sestak, the congressman who beat five-term Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary that year. Toomey said today after a speech before county commissioners in Hershey that his race and the presidential contest share "a focus on the economy and restoring some fiscal sanity to Washington."
"It's the fact that President Obama's policies have failed. They've failed Pennsylvania. They've failed America," he said. "It's the fact that Governor Romney is such an accomplished man and so competant in economic and business matters, that he clearly has the knowledge and the ability to turn this around.
"I think that's exactly what people are looking for, and I think that's why he's going to carry Pennsylvania and become the next president."
A Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released last week found Obama leading Romney by 11 points in Pennsylvania. The president led by 6 points in a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, and 4 points in a Rasmussen poll.