Joe Torsella quits Senate race

    A challenger to Senator Arlen Specter in next year’s Democratic primary has decided to drop out of the race. Specter defected from the GOP to join the Democratic Party last month.

    A challenger to Senator Arlen Specter in next year’s Democratic primary has decided to drop out of the race. Specter defected from the GOP to join the Democratic Party last month.

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    Former National Constitution Center head Joe Torsella notified voters on his website that he wasn’t going to run the type of campaign needed to win against Specter.

    Torsella: It probably would be negative personal and more about Senator Specter’s past than our common future and that won’t do Pennsylvanians any good

    Torsella says he will return all the campaign contributions given to him and is not ruling out another run for elected office. Congressman Joe Sestak has talked about running against Specter in next year’s primary.

    Sestak: And right now I think the jury is more than out and isn’t close yet to coming in on what Arlen stands for and is it the same about we want in Pennsylvania starting with the Democratic primary voters.

    Recent polls showed Specter would likely have lost the GOP primary if he hadn’t switched parties.

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