Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary next week, is quick to embrace the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court -- and to use it against the ex-Republican Specter, who voted against Kagan last year when she was nomination for solicitor general and he was still in the GOP.
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"My opponent, Senator Specter, has already made his views about the President's nominee clear by voting against her confirmation to be Solicitor General, even as seven of his fellow Republicans approved her nomination," Sestak said in a statement. "I expect Senator Specter may backtrack from his earlier vote on Ms. Kagan this week in order to help himself in the upcoming primary election, but the people of Pennsylvania have no way of knowing where he will stand after May 18."
The TPM Poll Average gives Specter a lead of 45.0%-39.1%, with Sestak gaining fast in the last several weeks. The most recent polls have shown Sestak taking the lead.