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8:45 AM ET, May 19, 2010


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New York Times:
Specter Defeat Signals a Wave Against Incumbents  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arlen Specter warns of tea party ‘take over’  —  As voters considered his fate throughout Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter warned on Tuesday that without him Democrats may not be able to fend off a tea party “takeover.”  —  “What you see happening across the country is that the tea party organization …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Is Rand Ron's Son?  Or The Most Powerful Republican In The Woooorld?  —  Rand Paul is in the spotlight tonight.  He's enjoying Scott Brown-like status as the Most Powerful Republican In The World.  And look: he says he represents the Tea Party movement.  So that must be the end of it, right?
NBC Philadelphia:
Sestak Knocks Out Specter  —  Specter concedes race  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has knocked off five-term U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary.
Tea Party Supporter Rand Paul Defeats GOP Favorite in Kentucky  —  Incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln Couldn't Secure Enough Votes to Avoid Runoff Against Labor-Backed Candidate  —  In a symbol of the growing anti-Washington sentiment across the country, Rep. Joe Sestak defeated five-term senator Arlen Specter …
Activists seize control of politics  —  For any politician with the usual instincts for self-protection, the lessons of Tuesday's primaries could not be more clear: This could happen to you.  —  Arlen Specter lost in Pennsylvania even though the party-switching Democrat was recruited and backed by a sitting president.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Sen. Arlen Specter's primary loss continues bad 2010 for President Obama, Democrats  —  WASHINGTON - Tuesday's balloting is a fresh reminder of what all the combatants have understood for months: It's a lousy year to be a Democrat, an incumbent or President Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
After 30 Years and Party Switch, Career Curtain for Specter
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Blogging the Primaries  —  Primary elections in three states today …
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:   Sestak Beats Specter in Pa. Senate Primary, Paul Wins in Kentucky
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
PA-12 LIVE Election Results; UPDATE: Democrat Wins; Burns Concedes  —  Election results online here.  —  11:30 p.m. ET: Well, everybody else has gone to drown their sorrows, but I've still got to hit a late deadline for The American Spectator.  A defeat is always harder to report than a victory.
The Politico:
The GOP's special failure  —  All the evidence pointing to monster Republican House gains this fall—the Scott Brown upset win in Massachusetts, the scary polling numbers in once-safely Democratic districts, the ever-rising number of Democratic seats thought to be in jeopardy—was contradicted Tuesday.
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Dems keep Murtha seat
Discussion: The Politico
Smitty / The Other McCain:
PA-12: Shoe Leather Update.  Burns Victory? …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
2010: Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Liberal, or Anti-Democrat?
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Confident Dems Goad GOP By Calling PA-12 A ‘Must-Win’ For Republicans Today
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Shays Watched as Blumenthal's War Claims Evolved  —  HARTFORD — Former Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut, a Republican who says he is a good friend of Richard Blumenthal's, said in an interview Tuesday that he had watched with worry as Mr. Blumenthal gradually embellished his military record over the years.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Uh oh: Media not rallying to Blumenthal's side after press conference
Discussion: and New York Times
James Hohmann / The Politico:
VFW leader rips Blumenthal
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and RedState
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Richard Blumenthal will survive
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln and Halter head to runoff in Arkansas  —  Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) forced Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) into a June 8 runoff after both failed to win a majority of the vote in Tuesday's Senate primary.  —  Lincoln led Halter 44 to 42 percent with more than half the state's precincts reporting.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Associated Press:
Lincoln, Halter Go to Overtime in Arkansas Senate Race
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Night Homethread (5/18/10)  —  9:45 PM [Nate].  Sestak officially takes the lead.  And 2/3 of Philly has been counted.  How can Specter win?  He probably can't.  —  9:44 PM [Nate].  The Democrat Critz leads big — 58 to 39 — in PA-12 special election so far.  —  9:40 PM.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rand Paul tapped into ‘anger’
Discussion: Guardian, TPMDC and CNN
Rand Paul hopes to celebrate at local country club
Discussion: The Swamp
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Campbell Brown Leaving CNN After Network Grants Release From Contract (UPDATE)  —  Mediaite has learned CNN has granted anchor Campbell Brown's request to be let out early from her contract.  —  She has agreed to stay on and anchor the 8pmET hour until a replacement is found.  Updated with statements.
Discussion: Wonkette
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Campbell Brown to Leave CNN
Discussion: Romenesko
Conspiracy of Banks Rigging States Came With Crash  —  A telephone call between a financial adviser in Beverly Hills and a trader in New York was all it took to fleece taxpayers on a water-and-sewer financing deal in West Virginia.  The secret conversation was part of a conspiracy stretching across …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Crotchety Progressive Rant  —  I am outraged by this, because this is outrageous.  —  And yet, where are the street protests in response to this outrage?  No, not those protests—we need bigger ones.  There should be hundreds of thousands of people out there protesting this.  Every day.
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
DOJ Voting Rights attorney resigns over Black Panthers stonewalling  —  A trial attorney with the Department of Justice's Voting Rights Section has resigned, citing concerns about the government's refusal to prosecute a case involving voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party.
Discussion: Commentary and Main Justice
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