Santorum slips behind in new poll; Latest polls put Democrats up two in Senate if vote held today

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Published: Monday July 24, 2006

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According to a new poll conducted for the WALL STREET JOURNAL released late Sunday night, incumbent Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is trailing by nine points behind Democratic contender Bob Casey, Jr.

The poll also gives more good news for Democrats -- Ohio challenger Sherrod Brown continues to poll 8.6 percent ahead of incumbent Sen. Mike Dewine (R-OH).

If the 2006 Senate elections were held today, Democrats would gain two seats, bringing their total to 46. While they would still remain in the minority, the gains could position the party stronger for legislative filibusters -- though rising Pennsylvania challenger Bob Casey holds more middling positions than many party liberals would like. Casey is pro-life.

The poll also gives good news for Democrats in the California gubernatorial race, where Democrat Phil Angelides is leading incumbent Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Angelides, however, leads by just 1.7 percentage points.

If gubernatorial races were held today, the poll predicts Democrats would lose one governorship -- in Iowa.

READ MORE ON THE POLLS HERE, ALONG WITH A STATE BY STATE COMPARISON.