Arlen Specter Switched Parties

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Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democrat
  • Story Highlights
  • Pennsylvania Republican has been in the Senate for five terms
  • Move would give Democrats 60-seat majority if Franken takes office
  • Republicans have been angry over his support of stimulus plan
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veteran Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party on Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid said.
The Specter party switch would give Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.


Specter, a five-term Senate veteran, was expected to face a very tough primary challenge in 2010 from former Rep. Pat Toomey, who nearly defeated Specter in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary in 2004.
A Quinnipiac University survey of registered Pennsylvania voters released last month showed Specter trailing the more conservative Toomey in a hypothetical primary matchup, 41 to 27 percent.
A separate Franklin & Marshall survey showed Specter leading Toomey 33 to 18 percent. Another 42 percent, however, were undecided.


More than half of the Republicans polled in the Franklin & Marshall survey said they would prefer to see someone new in the Senate.


Numerous Republicans are angry with Specter over his recent vote in support of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.


Specter, one of only three GOP senators to vote for the measure, has been part of a dwindling group of GOP moderates from the northeastern part of the country.


http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/28/specter.party.switch/index.html
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