Specter Rejected by Pa. Dems in Bid for 6th Term

VARIOUS (AP) - Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has been defeated in a primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.

Voters yesterday picked Rep. Joe Sestak as the party's nominee, and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign.

Sestak faces Republican Pat Toomey in the fall election.

In Kentucky, Rand Paul says his win in the Republican primary for a Senate nomination is a "tremendous mandate for the tea party."

Paul, a political newcomer, beat Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson.

The victory gives a tea party activist a key win in a statewide election that could embolden the fledgling political movement in other states.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln was forced into a potentially debilitating June runoff election against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in her bid for nomination to a third term.

Rep. John Boozman won the Republican line on the ballot outright.


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