Primary Day: Specter Seeks A Sixth Six-Year Senate Term

With a bruising Democratic primary election campaign behind them, all eyes are on U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and his challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak today.  Specter, who is counting on unions and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and vicinity to turn out the vote today, is pitching himself as the man with seniority to look after the city's interests in Washington D.C.  Sestak, who is not running again for his Delaware County seat, presents himself as the true Democrat in the race, ready to put principle before politics.  The polls cast this race as a dead heat.

Specter jumped from the Republican Party to the Democrats in April 2009, saying his prospects in a GOP primary were bleak due to the party's shift toward the right and his vote for President Obama's stimulus package.  The winner in today's Democratic primary will likely face former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey.  Specter narrowly defeated Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary.  Toomey is challenged in today's Republican primary by Peg Luksik, a resource-strapped candidate who has had little luck getting her message out.  Toomey has a substantial lead on Luksik in the polls.