Senate race in Pa. will be about jobs, economy

May 19, 2010 by Post Team 

Joe SestakSenate race in Pa. will be about jobs, economy:PHILADELPHIA – Joe Sestak had just won the Democratic nod to run for U.S. Senate before he undertook to start next season in a matter of hours.

Sestak, a second-term congressman in suburban Philadelphia and a former Navy admiral, fought against the politician Pat Toomey candidate in a campaign should focus on the wallets, pockets and kitchen tables at opposite ends of political spectrum .

The autumn campaign was created by Sestak victory over five-term U.S. Senator Arlen Specter on Tuesday as Democratic voters chose the candidate who had resisted party leaders to challenge the Democrat became a Republican.

“Let’s see some real debates on the philosophy that people are not tested, the trickle-down economics of the eight years of George Bush and a different approach,” Sestak said the campaign ahead.

In a video message on his website, Toomey, a former conservative congressman from Allentown area, congratulated Sestak and said he looked forward to the campaign.

“Joe Sestak, and I have major differences on important issues like job creation, taxes, expenses, rescue and medical attention,” Toomey said. “He and I will give him a good choice of Pennsylvania, in November.”

With 99 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, Sestak received 563 499 votes, or 54 percent, Specter received 480,801 votes, or 46 percent.

The vote was also a defeat for President Barack Obama, whose support Specter received when he left the Republican Party last year.

The moderate Specter and his party had issued a decision in principle to change after igniting the Republicans voting in favor of economic stimulus bill Obama. But many Democratic voters questioned his devotion to the values of the party, even as Democratic leaders challenged the ability to overcome Sestak Toomey.

Hours after the loss of Specter, Gov. Ed Rendell said it still believes Specter would be a strong candidate against Toomey Sestak, because Specter’s appeal to moderate Republicans in the densely populated suburbs of Philadelphia.

But he said the party and trade unions can turn back Sestak despite having worked hard to defeat.

“We are all Democrats and we understand the importance of keeping a Democrat in the Senate and we all agree with Joe on the issues,” Rendell said. “We shall work with the same love and affection for Arlen No.”

In the days before the primary, Specter, and Sestak also argued about who had the best chance of beating Toomey in the fall, and some Democratic voters, was the first issue of his mind.

A poll by Quinnipiac University released Thursday showed Toomey in a tight race against Sestak, with 42 percent to 40 percent of Sestak. Against Specter, Toomey held a slight lead, receiving 47 percent to 40 percent for Specter. The margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Source: The Associated Press

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