After a thirty year career in the Senate, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was defeated in the Democratic primary by Rep. Joe Sestak. Specter changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic just last year, and Sestak capitalized on the switch by running television ads that accused Specter of becoming a Democrat in order to be re-elected. Democratic party leaders urged Sestak not to run against Specter; in fact, Sestak has stated that the Obama Adminstration offered him a high-ranking federal job on the condition that he quit the race.
Booman Tribune proposes that last night’s results couldn’t have been better for President Obama or the Democratic Party (any other conclusion is apparently the result of media bias).
Young Philly Politics discusses Democratic party reactions to the Sestak/Specter debate.
In the same vein, Froth Slosh B’Gosh claims Specter’s defeat is hardly bad news from Democrats.
Bucks Right, on the other hand, says that Obama expected Specter to lose.
The Pennsylvania Progressive provides a Joe Sestak video wrap-up as well as insight into Specter’s behavior post-defeat.
PA Water Cooler posted an analysis comparing the 12th Congressional District breakdown from Tuesday’s primaries and those in 2008.
The Mark Rauterkus & Running Mates blog discusses the effects of incumbency on Pennsylvania’s elections.
Net Right Daily analyzes the causes of Specter’s downfall.
The Morning Call talks about the differences between Specter and Sestak.