(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden released a statement Wednesday praising Rep. Joe Sestak following his victory in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Biden had backed incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in the race.
(Full statement after the jump.)
(CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak hailed his victory over Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary as "a win for the people."
"This is what Democracy looks like," Sestak told his supporters Tuesday night. "A win for the people - over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C."
(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.
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."
Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement about the Pennsylvania Senate race.
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(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released the following statement Tuesday congratulating Rep. Joe Sestak on his primary victory over incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.
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Sen. Arlen Specter speaks to reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images) .
(CNN) – CNN projects that Rep. Joe Sestak has won Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, beating five-term Sen. Arlen Specter.
(CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak has taken a slight lead over Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.
With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak had 51.5 percent of the vote. Specter had 48.5 percent.
(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.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/18/art.specter.rachel.jpg caption="Sen. Arlen Specter speaks to reporters in Philadelphia."](CNN) - About two hours before polls close in Pennsylvania, a subdued Sen. Arlen Specter walked into the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia and told reporters he is optimistic about the outcome of tonight's Democratic primary race.
"I'm optimistic if we get out our vote. I've been in a lot of tough races, a lot of close races," Specter said. "I would describe six of my races as the political fight of my life. I am like a cat with seven lives."
After a hard fought campaign, Specter can only wait for results to be announced.
"No regrets. No regrets. No regrets," the incumbent senator said.