Joe Sestak Beats Arlen Specter For Democratic Senate Nod In Pennsylvania
In another primary night upset, Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak has defeated five-term Senator Arlen Specter in that state’s primary, reports the Associated Press. Like the defeated Trey Grayson in Kentucky, Specter had the support of his party’s establishment, but wasn’t trusted as a true Democrat by the voters, as he’d served as a Republican until 2009. Specter has said that he would back Sestak against former Congressman Pat Toomey, who is the Republican nominee for the seat.
The vote also was a defeat for President Barack Obama, who supported Specter when he abandoned the Republican Party last year.
The moderate Specter cast his switch as a decision of principle after inflaming the GOP by voting for Obama’s economic stimulus bill. But many Democratic voters questioned his motives.Click here for reuse options!
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