Pollsters keeping watch on close races

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In the race for Pennsylvania governor, polls show Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf has a commanding lead over Republican challenger Scott Wagner. 

Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research says a strong economy could hurt Wagner among independents. 

“Wagner’s in a tough spot because what’s the reason to throw out an incumbent governor at a time when many Pennsylvanians believe the state is doing all right now,” said Lee. 

In the U.S. Senate race, Lee says the strong national economy should be helping Republican Lou Barletta in his quest to unseat Senator Bob Casey.

Polls show Casey with a commanding lead over his Republican rival, who is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump. 

“The polling shows that Trump’s approval rating in the state is down in comparison to what it was just two years ago,” said Lee. 

Republicans hold more of Pennsylvania’s congressional seats than Democrats, but that could change in November. 

“The Democrats right now are poised to pick up a minimum of two or three seats,” said Lee. 

Many of those are in the southeast part of the state, where Democrats are expected to benefit from the redrawn Congressional district map.

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