Quinnipiac: Toomey Surges Into Lead

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A new series of polls from Quinnipiac University out Wednesday contains good news for Republican senators in three presidential-swing states but continues to show a razor-thin contest in once-safe North Carolina.

The most eye-popping result comes from Pennsylvania, where GOP Sen. Pat Toomey has an 8-point lead over Democrat Katie McGinty, 50 percent to 42 percent — even as the same poll showed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 4 points. Other polls in recent days have shown McGinty and Toomey tied or McGinty with a significant lead, but this survey opens up the possibility of Toomey running significantly ahead of Trump.