I had tweeted about Arlen Specter losing his bid for re-election last night after having been vanquished in the Pennsylvania primary. I asked how that party-switch is working out for him? He allegedly switched parties in an effort to keep his job and well he didn't survive a Democratic primary.
Also the son of Ron Paul, Rand Paul, was successful in his Republican primary. He defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson who was largely supported by the Republican establishment in Washington.
Here's an excerpt from a NY Times article:
Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who left the Republican Party a year ago in hopes of salvaging a 30-year career, was rejected on Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with Representative Joe Sestak winning the party’s nomination on an anti-incumbent wave that is defining the midterm elections.Wow! Will 2010 be quite the year or what? We shall see!
In Kentucky, Rand Paul, the most visible symbol of the Tea Party movement, easily won the Republican Senate primary and delivered a significant blow to the Republican establishment. His 24-point victory over Trey Grayson, who was supported by the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, underscored the anti-Washington sentiment echoing across the country.
The outcomes of both contests, along with a Democratic primary in Arkansas that pushed Senator Blanche Lincoln into a runoff election in June, illustrated anew the serious threats both parties face from candidates who are able to portray themselves as outsiders and eager to shake up the system.