August 3rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Sestak expected to announce Specter challenge Tuesday

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on August 3, 2009.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Joe Sestak is expected to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic Senate nomination."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Joe Sestak is expected to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic Senate nomination Tuesday, setting up a primary season showdown with incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, a source close to Sestak confirmed to CNN Monday.

Sestak's campaign said in a Twitter message Monday morning that the Philadelphia-area congressman will be making a "major announcement" Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. The announcement, which will take place at a VFW hall in his district, will be webcast live on his campaign site.

A Quinnipiac poll late last month indicated that Specter, who's received the public backing of President Obama and party leaders since his defection from the Republican Party this spring, had a 55 percent to 23 percent advantage in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup – though his 20-point edge over prospective GOP challenger Pat Toomey had vanished.

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  1. Hugo

    Yeah, whatever happened to that old Admiral Sestak and the Federal job offer from the Whitehouse for him to sit out the election? What a pustule of corruption, I can hardly wait for it to be burst in the upcoming elections!
    Fraud and corruption you can believe in!
    Where are the jobs?

    August 3, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. snow

    spectre has never had a 20 point advantage over Toomey. The reason spectre left the Republican Party was he was facing a GOP challenge from Pat Toomey and knew he would lose to him in a primary.

    August 3, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. jane

    Unfortunately, all I can think of when I see Specter is how he defamed Anita Hill's character during the Clarence Thomas hearings. He is not a nice man.

    August 3, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |