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Specter goes down in Pa, and Rubio sees shades of Crist

Arlen-specter Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania's 80-year-old formerly Republican senator, was defeated in the Democratic primary tonight, a crushing end to a long career. Joe Sestak brought him down in part with a brutal TV ad suggesting the party switch was opportunism.

So it's not surprising to see Marco Rubio immediately make the same charge against Charlie Crist, who left the GOP to run for U.S. Senate with no party affiliation.

"Tonight voters in Pennsylvania made a clear an unequivocal statement that the American people are tired of the crass political opportunism that puts saying and doing anything to win an election above all else," his campaign said in a statement.

The St. Petersburg Times previewed Specter's problem and what it could mean for Crist. "No disparagement to Pennsylvania," Crist said, "but it ain't Florida."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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