Pennsylvania's incumbent Democratic Senator, Bob Casey served as both State Auditor General and State Treasure before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.
As the son of the late governor, Robert P. Casey, Bob Casey has long been one of the best known Democratic politicians in the state. During his first six year term in Washington, Casey has been seen as a loyal supporter of the Democratic agenda in terms of efforts to spur the economy and backing Administration programs aimed at putting people back to work. During a recent interview in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Casey pointed out the economy is moving in the right direction.
His Republican challenger, businessman Tom Smith came to statewide attention during the hard fought spring primary. Delivering an Independent Tea Party message, Smith manage to defeat four other candidates including three well known State Republican leaders who were seeking the right to run for the Senate seat.
Smith says his grass roots campaign is based on the message of economic independence that he plans to take to Washington.
While several recent polls have indicated a growing lead for the Democratic incumbent Casey, new poll results released by the Republican party contend the three percentage point lead held by Casey is within the margin of error and the Pennsylvania Senate seat remains very much in play.