Republican businessman Tom Smith is now within striking distance of Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, according to a new poll showing the Pennsylvania Senate race tightening. The poll of likely voters released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News showed Casey leading Smith 49 percent to 43 percent. The same poll showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 12 points in Pennsylvania.
The race has long been considered a lock for Casey, but Smith has been outspending the incumbent 3 to 1 on the airwaves since winning the GOP primary, according to National Journal. Smith has been gaining on Casey in recent weeks.
Casey currently leads by only 5.6 points, according to the PollTracker Average.