Sestak ousts Specter in Democratic primary

Sestak will face Republican Pat Toomey, a former congressman from Allentown with strong backing from both the GOP establishment and conservative tea party activists. Toomey handily defeated conservative activist Peg Luksik.

In his remarks, Specter pledged to support Sestak. “It is vital that we keep this seat in the Democratic Party hands,” he said.

Sestak’s victory was sweeping. He carried every county but Philadelphia, Dauphin and Lackawanna. And although Specter won Philadelphia handily, turnout on a dismal rainy day was not high enough to save him.

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