May 18th, 2010
11:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Specter concedes, will support Sestak in general election

(CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter capped a hard fought Senate primary Tuesday night with a concession call to Rep. Joe Sestak.

"I have just called congressman Sestak to congratulate him and tell him that I think it is vital that we keep this seat in the Democratic Party, and that I will support him in the election," Specter said.

Related: After 30 years in Washington, Specter ousted by voters

Specter gave a short speech to followers after it became clear that Sestak would carry the night.

"It's been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania," Specter said. "And it's been a great privilege to be in the United States Senate, and I will be working very, very hard for the people of the Commonwealth in the coming months."

Sestak will face Republican nominee and former Rep. Pat Toomey in the November general election. Specter switched parties and became a Democrat last year in part to avoid a primary challenge from Toomey.

Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • Pennsylvania Senate
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Later Specter.

    Go take a nice cruise with all that money you've made bowing down to special interests.

    May 18, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Dave

    This seat was won by republicans, and by Specter as republican, now he is claiming to be a democrat, more like he is the-mock-rat !!!

    May 18, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Chad from Tampa

    Too bad so sad bye bye

    May 19, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |

    So long Benedict Arnold should have stayed loyal to the GOP
    and gone out gracefully. So now that Obama threw you under the bus...
    you're toast.

    May 19, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  5. carlos

    Adm. Sestak go ahead nd beat the hellout of that sicko CONservative
    Tuomey or whatever his freaking name is.........Thank you Sen. Specter for your great service to your country.

    May 19, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  6. Peter s

    Too old go home!!!

    May 19, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  7. Specter Lost - why am I not surpriised...

    Is anyone really surprised here? He was nothing but a two timing, self serving, principle-less pathetic excuse for a people's representative. People of Pennsylvania saw through this character the moment he jumped ship to what he clearly saw as a way to save his hide! He just proved that he had no convictions and, he didn't stand for anything but self preservation. Well Pennsylvania and US Senate is better off without jokers like him. Hats off to democracy and to the people of Pennsylvania.
    Too bad, tax payers are stuck footing the bill for pension and benefits for slothful cheats like him for the rest of his life.

    May 19, 2010 04:05 am at 4:05 am |