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  • Specter by 6?

    Shira Toeplitz at CQ Politics has her pre-mortem on the Sestak-Specter race today: “I expected it to be very close, very tight,” {Montgomery County Democratic Committee Chairman Marcel] Groen added. “At the end, Sen. Specter will end up prevailing ...
  • Sestak may thank Rendell

    Chris Potter at City Paper looks at Joe Sestak's zoom up the polls lately, and how not so long ago he was getting beaten up on the left for running a bad campaign. Toward the end he wonders how -- if Sestak wins the primary -- he'll be able to work with...
  • Specter debuts Obama ad

    The ad Arlen Specter promised yesterday from Obama is on his YouTube site. It appears taken from a fundraiser last fall: ...
  • Polls open in WVa

    By now you should know that West Virginia's primary is today -- polls close at 7:30 pm -- and the latest incumbent in the crosshairs is Democratic congressman Alan Mollohan, who represents Wheeling, Morgantown and the rest of the northern part of the stat...
  • Americans for Prosperity hits PA-12

    The industry-backed conservative group Americans for Prosperity -- which has fought against tobacco regulation and health care reform -- has sunk $100,000 into the 12th district special election with a television and radio ad campaign attacking Democrat M...
  • Polls: Sestak better bet in Nov

    Joe Sestak remains up on Arlen Specter -- this time by 4 points -- in today's Muhlenberg/Morning Call tracking poll. Last night Rasmussen released their look at general election matchups in the Senate race, saying it would be a dead heat between Sestak an...
  • Specter: "It's not a reversal"

    In today's Post-Gazette you can find my piece on how the Elena Kagan nomination shook up the Senate primary race. As Muhlenberg's Chris Borick put it: "The timing couldn't be worse" for Arlen Specter. I wasn't able to get ahold of the incumbent as he was ...
  • DeWeese faces another battle

    Be sure to see Janice Crompton on Bill DeWeese's reelection fight: Eighteen months ago, when state Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, won his 17th term in office amid controversy and calls for him to resign, he gave all the credit to the local United Mine ...
  • Will Obama stump for Specter?

    You might say he owes him one. After today's announcement by President Barack Obama that he will nominate Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court -- which brings up awkward questions at a bad time for Sen. Arlen Specter -- maybe Obama will give Specter a lift a...
  • 538: Sestakular

    "Arlen Specter may be in a great deal of trouble," writes pollster Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight: Yes, Muhlenberg's sample sizes are a bit small, and Rasmussen's polling has been a little weird this year. But there are no polls -- yet -- that contradi...
  • Kerry backs Specter

    Here's a bit of good news for Sen. Arlen Specter on a day in which poll numbers and the Elena Kagan nomination likely have him in a foul mood. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., released a statement backing his Senate colleague, an endorsement that carries some sy...
  • Kelly loans self $100K more in PA-3

    Butler car dealer and 3rd district GOP candidate Mike Kelly -- running low on cash against fellow establishment candidate Paul Huber -- loaned himself $100,000 on Friday, according to late filings with the FEC. In their final spending reports Thursday, K...
  • Specter: "open mind" on Kagan

    Here's Specter's official statement on the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination: “There is no doubt that Elena Kagan has exemplary academic and professional credentials.  And she has been a pioneer for women, serving as the country’s first female ...
  • WVa in spotlight tomorrow

    Remember, the West Virginia primary is tomorrow, and here's your primer on all the candidates gunning for longtime District 1 congressman Alan Mollohan's seat. (PS, the DCCC started sending strategic support to Mollohan last week, Politico reports.) Reid...
  • WashPost on PA-12

    The WashPost does a just the facts ma'm look at the 12 District special here....
  • Toomey hits the airwaves

    A week before a primary in which he will probably cruise to victory, Republican Pat Toomey is dipping into that massive war chest of his to go on TV statewide and introduce himself to voters. It seems very early, but Toomey is probably thinking that he sh...
  • Inside the Ras poll

    Over at HotAir, Ed Morrissey reads the tea leaves in the Rasmussen poll on Specter, Sestak . . . and an Arizona-style immigration bill: Interestingly, Democrats still give Specter high marks — in fact, higher than Sestak.  Specter has an approval rati...
  • Onorato leads Ras poll

    Dan Onorato remains in the lead in the Dem gubernatorial race, says Rasmussen Reports: Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato is the front-runner with 34% of the vote one week before Pennsylvania Democrats pick their candidate for governor. A ne...
  • Sestak hits Specter on Kagan

    That was fast. We mentioned below how the Sestak camp would hammer Arlen Specter for his vote against Elena Kagan last year -- and tie it to his votes in approval of the Roberts court -- and sure enough their statement is already out. (Nothing yet from T...
  • Fights continue in PA-12

    We've been focusing on the Dem Senate primary a lot today, but there is still a whole lot going on in the 12th District special election. Labor is going all-out for Democrat Mark Critz today, starting a get-out-the-vote bus tour of work sites by AFL-CIO l...