Senator Arlen Specter Career is Over, Tea Party Conservatives Sweep Rand Paul as Senate Nominee in Kentucky

Tuesday’s “Mini Super Tuesday” in four states  show the  slow burning wrath of the American people kindled. In Pennsylvania,  longtime Senator Arlen Specter nearly 50 year political career came to an end as he lost to US Representative and former Admiral of the Navy Joseph Sestak for Democratic nomination:

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday lost a Democratic primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching from the GOP.

Voters picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party’s nominee and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign since his Republican Party defection.

With over ninety precincts :

Sestak received 520,479 votes, or 54 percent; Specter received 446,281 votes, about 46 percent.

Rep.Sestak claimed victory in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley outside of Philadelphia:

Sestak took the podium at a suburban Philadelphia military academy to speak to supporters amid shouts of “Joe! Joe!” Joe!”

“This is what Democracy looks like,” he yelled. “A win for the people over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C.”

This was another setback for President Barack Obama who campaigned for Specter:

The vote also was a defeat for President Barack Obama, who supported Specter when he abandoned the Republican Party last year. In speaking briefly to supporters at a downtown Philadelphia hotel after the race was called, Specter thanked Obama for his support.

Specter said he had called Sestak to congratulate him and tell him “I think it’s vital to keep this seat in the Democratic Party and I will support him.”

Specter left while holding hands with his wife, Joan. He didn’t answer questions from reporters.

Specter gambled by switching back to the Democratic Party after leaving the first time in the 1965:

The moderate Specter had cast his switch as a decision of principle after inflaming the GOP by voting for Obama’s economic stimulus bill. But many Democratic voters questioned his motives.

Specter has been a fixture in American politics for three decades and served in the Senate since 1981, and his switch to the Democrats was a theme that dominated the race.

Specter welcomed by the Democrats in getting their agenda done:

Obama and other top Democrats embraced Specter, who used his willingness to cross party lines on key votes to bolster his clout in Congress.

Sestak retired for the US Navy faces another former congressman Pat Toomey who won the Republican Nomination also on Tuesday.

Sestak accused the Obama Administration in offering him a job in the White House if he Sestak would dropped out of the race. The White House denied the allegations by Sestak.

Fortunately for him by staying in Sestak won the election fair and square.

Meanwhile, the tea party ushered Rand Paul on the GOP ticket for the open US senate seat. Paul son of outspoken, controversial and one time Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul(R-TX):

Rand Paul, the first-time candidate for elective office who has emerged as a symbol of the national tea party’s clout in Republican politics, appears to have clinched the GOP’s nomination for this state’s open Senate seat – in a victory certain to jolt the political order in Kentucky and across the country.

Paul beat out the Trey Grayson who has picked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

The 47-year-old Bowling Green ophthalmologist – who until last year was best known for being the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), whose staunch libertarian views have spawned a national grassroots following – knocked off Trey Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state who had been the favorite of this state’s political heavyweights, most notably Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Paul who takes a similar tone to his father in about out of control federal spending:

“I have a message, a message from the tea party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back,” Paul, with his parents and the rest of his family by his side, declared to roaring supporters at a posh country club here in his hometown.

With that Paul tapped into the voter anger with Washington:

With his attention-grabbing views railing on Washington and its ballooning budget deficits, the fire-breathing Paul successfully connected with this state’s furious Republican primary voters, something that the more subdued Grayson was unable to accomplish in the fight to replace the retiring two-term Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

“The electorate is pissed,” said Mike Shea, a long-time political adviser to McConnell. “Rand did a really good job of tapping into those themes and tapping into that anger. Trey is a nice guy, but in his commercials and everything else, he seemed completely unable to generate any kind of dialogue to indicate he was tapping into that. If you meet him, he didn’t seem like he was angry.”

In nearly 90% of precincts in:

With 89 percent of the precincts reporting, Paul appeared poised to seize a huge victory – leading Grayson by 59 percent to 35 percent of the vote. The Associated Press projected that Paul would win the race.

A packed crowd here at the Bowling Green Country Club let out a loud cheer when the AP projected the race for Paul, who was expected to address some 100 activists here later Tuesday.

Paul supporters expected a win today:

“I kind of expected it actually,” said Brent Young, a 45-year-old tea party activist who works with a local firm researching swine production. “I’ve really been a big supporter of his dad, and I really hope he can be elected in November. Time will tell but we really do think he’s a different kind of politician – and hopefully send a message to the GOP that we want something different.”

Paul faces either Democratic candidates:

Paul is expected to face either Lt. Gov Daniel Mongiardo or state Attorney General Jack Conway, who are in the middle of a neck-and-neck battle for the Democratic nomination. Conway’s views are more in line with the Democratic base’s positions, and he is seen by national Democrats as a safer choice. But Mongiardo is seen as more unpredictable on the campaign trail, though his conservative views that break with the White House could appeal to rural and right-leaning voters. Conway is leading the race in early returns.

AP via Yahoo News has the rest of the story.

Politico via Yahoo News has more.

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