Who said this election wasn’t important? Arlene Specter’s career has taken a giant nose-dive after losing his bid to be the Democratic candidate for the US Senate to relative newcomer Joe Sestak. Specter was soundly defeated 54% to 46%. Specter was seeking his 6th term in the US Senate. Sestak (D) will face Pat Toomey (R) in November. Toomey received the highest number of votes on either side of the aisle. 666,870 vs. Sestak’s 564,169.
This loss sends a message to the White House. Obama endorsed Specter and was unable to persuade Sestak to bow out. Look for more sweeping changes in November folks.
The other very important race was for governor. Rendell’s term is ending and his replacement will be either be Dan Onorato (D), Allegheny County Executive or Tom Corbett (R), PA Attorney General. Both candidates held large leads over their challengers. Corbett received the largest overall number of votes of any candidate, including Onorato. Corbett garnered 584,606 votes and Onorato received 459,530. Local candidate Joe Hoeffel (D), Montgomery County Commissioner received the least number of votes of the Democratic candidates with 129,379 votes.