After voting in Lehigh County, Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey jetted to Pittsburgh to thank campaign workers in Green Tree who were making last minute get-out-the-vote phone calls.
“It’s all good news so far,” Toomey said. “I think turnout is going to be strong for us. We’ve got a terrific network of volunteers. You see the people here working the phones.”
Democrat Joe Sestak voted in Delaware County this morning, and then headed back out to door-knock for last-minute voters.
“I can’t tell you the enthusiasm that I saw on the streets,” noted Sestak.
“I went down there, knocked on doors, and that’s what I’m going to do today. I’m going to leave here, go to 69th Street, then enter into the city, take a couple hundred doors, and I’m just going to knock on them.”
For weeks, voters have been visually assaulted on TV with ads accusing Sestak of being an ultra-liberal clone of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Toomey a Wall Street financier who ships jobs to China.
It’s tough on voters like the Snyders who say they usually cancel each other’s votes.
“I don’t agree with most of what Pat Toomey says, and that’s enough for me,” says Kate Snyder of Mt. Lebanon.
“A lot of it for me is Pat Toomey’s beliefs on government spending. I think a lot of it just gets out-of-control,” says her husband Josh.
The closeness of the Senate race may be bringing a few more voters to the polls.
“More people are turning out to vote. It’s been a steady stream all day,” Steve Silverman, a poll watcher said about the five districts that vote at Markham School in Mt. Lebanon.
And some people say the Sestak-Toomey battle has them conflicted.
“Actually this is very difficult for me because I am registered one way but may vote the other,” says Joan Riggs of Mt. Lebanon.
But to the end, both candidates were on message.
“It’s a wakeup call to Washington,” notes Toomey.
“I intend to represent them, not a politician, but a public servant for them,” adds Sestak.