If we were to vote for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination today, a candidate named Undecided would do very well.
Two new polls on the Senate race, from Harper and Franklin and Marshall University, show Joe Sestak with a leads over fellow candidates Katie McGinty and John Fetterman; both polls also show that there are a significant number of potential voters who have yet to make up their minds about the race.
The lead for Mr. Sestak, the candidate the state's Democratic establishment loves to hate, in the Harper poll is slight. Thirty-three percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they support the former congressman over Ms. McGinty (28 percent) and Mr. Fetterman (11 percent). That other 28 percent? Undecided, which offers a wide-open door for Ms. McGinty, the former secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Mr. Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock.
Mr. Sestak also has a lead over his opponents in the F&M poll, but he's losing -- by a wide margin -- to that undecided person. In this poll, 17 percent of registered Democrats said they backed Mr. Sestak, while 13 percent supported Ms. McGinty and 6 percent backed Mr. Fetterman. Four percent told F&M pollsters they supported "some other candidate" and a stunning 61 percent said they didn't know.
The other reason – besides all those undecided voters, we mean – that Mr. Fetterman should be optimistic? Harper included in its poll a question about support for tattoos; among those who said they have a very favorable view of ink, Mr. Fetterman trailed by 6 percentage points to Mr. Sestak, whose tattoo status is not known.