Specter confident as voters head to polls

    Says President Obama did plenty to support his candidacy

    The democratic candidates for US Senate made appearances in Philadelphia today, trying to encourage voters to go to the polls during the Pennsylvania primary elections today.

    The incumbent senator, Arlen Specter, visited Famous Fourth Street Deli — a traditional lunch spot for politicians on election day.

    Senator Arlen Specter responding to media at Famous Fourth Street Deli in Philadelphia
    Senator Arlen Specter responding to media at Famous Fourth Street Deli in Philadelphia
    Democratic politicians and their supporters crammed into the restaurant to eat the Famous Fourth Street’s popular six-inch-tall sandwiches. Many were there to support Senator Specter, as he faces a formidable challenge from Congressman Joe Sestak.

    Though Specter has served most of his Senate tenure as a Republican, Democratic leadership — including President Barack Obama – has endorsed Specter.

    The president did not come to Pennsylvania for a final push, but Specter says he did enough.

    “He did come to Pennsylvania, he did come here and raise money…He’s got his robocalls out and he’s done everything I’ve asked him. And I’m a big boy, I can handle it myself.”

    Rain throughout the day has been blamed for low morning voter turnout.

    Politicians are knocking on doors and visiting polling stations to help boost interest.

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