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Conservative Activist to Challenge Specter in Primary

By on 3.10.09 | 2:06PM

From the Associated Press in the last hour, making the rounds in Pennsylvania:

A conservative activist from Johnstown who ran for governor three times in the 1990s says she'll challenge Arlen Specter for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate next year.

Peg Luksik said Tuesday she is not deterred by the prospective candidacy of former congressman Pat Toomey, a fellow conservative who narrowly lost to Specter in the 2004 primary. Toomey recently said he's considering running again in 2010.

Luksik says Toomey told her in February that he wasn't running for the Senate. She says it's up to Toomey to decide whether he want to risk dividing the GOP's conservative wing and allowing Specter to win a sixth term.

Luksik is best known as an anti-abortion activist.

This could complicate life for Toomey, far and away the better positioned to challenge Specter.

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