Tom Smith was the pro-life Republican nominee in 2012 in the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. He ran against, but was defeated by pro-abortion Democrat incumbent Bob Casey. Tom Smith is an outsider to the Republican establishment in Pennsylvania, having previously been registered as a democrat, and serving on a democratic committee. He has received an endorsement from the tea party group "The Tea Party Express".
On October 21, a Republican poll showed Smith ahead of Casey by 2 points, despite a Democrat Party advantage of 1 million registered voters in the state. However, a poll released on October 31 showed Tom Smith down by ten points. Interestingly, this poll showed Obama and Romney within the margin of error. As history bore out, Smith lost receiving 44.6% of the vote and Obama won the state.
Senator Casey, in both 2006 and possibly 2012, won pro-life votes based on how his father, who had the same name (Sr.), was pro-life as governor of Pennsylvania. But Senator Casey, the son, voted for ObamaCare and voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.
2012 Senate Primary
Tom Smith won the 5-way Republican primary with 39.5% of the vote, besting his closest rival by over 10 points.
- ↑ http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-25/news/31399471_1_republican-candidates-bob-casey-fall-campaign/2
- ↑ http://www.teapartyexpress.org/4402/tea-party-express-proudly-endorses-tom-smith-for-the-u-s-senate
- ↑ http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/2785695-74/casey-smith-million-bob-county-voters-campaign-percent-republican-spending#axzz29yjZyTFD
- ↑ http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/31/polls-single-digit-race-for-pennsylvanias-20-electoral-votes/?iref=allsearch