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Rep. Sestak Says He Will Challenge Specter in Pa. Dem Primary

By on 7.1.09 | 1:09PM

“I am going to get into the race against Arlen Specter ... for senator.”

So says Pennsylvania US Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat from suburban Philadelphia. Sestak made the statement this morning in an interview with a local paper, the Wayne Independent.

A former Navy Admiral, Sestak was elected in 2006, defeating longtime Republican incumbent Curt Weldon.

This will mean a serious fight inside the Democratic Party for the new Democrat Specter. Specter left the GOP after polls showed he was headed for a certain GOP primary defeat at the hands of former GOP Congressman Pat Toomey, who narrowly lost to Specter in the 2004 Republican primary. While Specter has the support of President Obama, his longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden, and Governor Ed Rendell, Rendell is term-limited and will be replaced himself in 2010.

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