Arlen Specter Bounced in Primary Fight

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Arlen Specter has survived a lot of things: a brain tumor, two bouts with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma and five squeaker elections for the U.S. Senate. But in an anti-establishment year where the far right hates the moderates and the far left hates the moderates, Specter — whose voting record over the past 30 years is almost perfectly down the center — started off with a handicap. And switching parties probably didn’t help. (more via