Today is the one-year anniversary of when Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) switched to the Democratic Party, after 28 previous years as a Republican Senator. And this has become one of the most interesting races of the cycle -- starting with a Republican Senator in danger of losing his primary, then him becoming a Democrat in order to avoid that fate, and now lingering in a state of political peril similar to the rest of his newfound party in this cycle.
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Until last fall, Specter narrowly led Toomey in the polls. But the drag on Democratic fortunes since the fall has taken a toll on Specter just as it has for other Dems. The TPM Poll Average shows him trailing his long-time Republican nemesis Toomey by a margin of 45.2%-39.6%. On the bright side for him, he leads Sestak in the Democratic primary by a margin of 45.0%-29.8%. The primary is three weeks away, and TV ads have just begun running in heavy amounts.
For today's anniversary, Toomey's campaign has marked the occasion by promoting a money-bomb fundraiser, with a goal of raising $280,000 today. As of this writing, they slightly over $150,000.