Toomey beats Sestak for Pennsylvania Senate seat

PHILADELPHIA — Pat Toomey, the conservative Republican whose popularity scared Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party, was elected to the longtime US senator's seat Tuesday in one of the most hotly contested races in the nation.
Toomey, a 48-year-old former congressman, investment banker and restaurateur, defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak after hammering him on his liberal voting record and his ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama.
Sestak, 58, now in his second House term representing a suburban Philadelphia district, put an end to Specter's 30-year Senate career by defeating the Republican-turned-Democrat in a shocking upset in the primary this year.
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