May 18th, 2010
09:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Specter leads Sestak in Pennsylvania early

(CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter had a slight, early lead against Rep. Joe Sestak in Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

With 19 percent of precincts reporting, Specter had 52.1 percent of the vote. Sestak had 47.9 percent.

Specter, a five-term senator, is for the first time running for this seat as a Democrat. He left the Republican Party last year as his support in the GOP dropped after he voted for President Obama's stimulus plan.

Sestak is a retired Navy admiral who at one time trailed Specter 2-to-1 in pre-primary polls.

Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • Pennsylvania Senate
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  1. Brian

    You talk a lot about this being a race about the strength of incumbents. You also need to remember that Specter is not a true democratic incumbent. He isn't the true democrat in this race, and it could explain a lot for his worries and his weak showing. Furthermore, even though he may be the middle of the road candidate that could be hard to beat in november, republicans will have a hard time voting for him after his party switch.

    May 18, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Mauri

    So glad Arlen Specter is running a good race. Win or lose, Democrat or Republican, this man has served his country as a loyal, patriotic citizen whose common sense is unsurpassed, Truly, he is a role model for both parties and one would hope that more of our congressmen would emulate this good man's service to his country. I'm a Texan.

    May 18, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. RW

    And yet the department of state election site has been reporting a lead for Sestak even before this article was written...and has more precincts reporting...get your act together CNN.

    May 18, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. stephen pagnozzi

    I hope whoever wins this one, beats the pants off the republicans in the fall! The worse of these two (Specter and Sestak is a far better choice than those morons who ran this country in the ground .

    May 18, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Julie

    I hope Specter loses and I think no matter what the polls show at the moment, he will be defeated and rightly so. The good people of Pennsylvania as well as the entire nation have had enough of the "take for granted" attitude. I saw him being so rude to a lady on tv not long ago and that was enough for me. How dare he act like he is doing someone a favor.

    May 18, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Specter is too fickle. What's to prevent him from switching back to republican when demented (the purifier) or turtle-face offers him something he wants?

    May 18, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Rev. Weathers

    I live in the Philadelphia area and just checked the newspaper on the internet. 42% of the votes have been counted and Sestak is leading Specter 51% to 49%.

    May 18, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Ahmed

    According to PA Department of State Website (50/9% reported)
    Spector – 47.4%
    Sestak -52.6

    May 18, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Stephen Jesudason

    Glad to see some of the old faces go and new faces come in. Only Hope they work together to improve the economy and all other situation we are in. We need to gain the respect of the rest of the world back which we we lost with previous administration.

    May 18, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |