Bob Casey won a decisive Senate victory against Rick Santorum in 2006, and many analysts had assumed that he would have a fairly easy path to reelection against Republican Tom Smith in 2012.
But some recent polling has suggested that Casey might have a slightly harder road ahead in his reelection challenge. The latest Philadelphia Inquirer poll has Casey with a 10-point lead (48-38), which is still pretty solid. But an Inquirer poll in August gave him nearly a 20-point lead. And Casey has fallen below the 50% margin.
Indeed, no recent poll has given Casey over 50%. And some other recent polls have this race down to single digits.
A continued strong performance by Romney could help push Smith over the top.