- It took much too long, but Arlen Specter has now been rejected by two parties.
- When Specter switched to the Democrats last year, after realizing he would lose a Republican primary, he made it clear that the chief principle to which he pledged fealty was that he should remain in the Senate. Pennsylvania Democrats had sufficient self-respect to reject his gambit. Now that Specter has lost the primary, conservative champion Pat Toomey will face off in the fall against Joe Sestak, an honorable liberal.
- Also in Pennsylvania, Democrats hung on to the House seat of the late Jack Murtha