Sestak defeats Specter, Dems hold seat formerly held by Murtha

Looks like Arlen Specter’s party switch to keep his job didn’t work after all….

The AP called Pennsylvania’s Senate primary for Sestak just before 10:15 p.m., as Sestak led Specter, 53 percent to 47 percent, with 65 percent of precincts reporting. The second-term congressman and former admiral will face off against former GOP Rep. Pat Toomey in the general election.

In related news, Democrat Mark Critz, a longtime aide to recently deceased Congressman Jack Murtha, edged Republican candidate Tim Burns in a special election Tuesday to take his boss’s old seat in Pennsylvania’s twelfth Congressional district. Republicans had been focusing on that seat as a possible pickup – as well as possible bellweather for the midterm elections this fall – so the fact that Democrats held onto the seat could mean things won’t be quite as bleak for Democrats in November.


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