Two key political contests slated for next Tuesday in Pennsylvania may offer some insight into whether a growing anti-incumbent sentiment will be enough to shift the political landscape nationwide.
In Pennsylvania's Democratic primary, Senator Arlen Specter, who defected from the Republican Party one year ago, faces a stiff challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn). A fierce ad campaign has hit Specter where it hurts: in his Democratic bona fides. Sestak used old footage of former President George W. Bush praising Specter to remind voters of Specter's old allegiances.
In Pennsylvania's 12th District, a special election to fill the seat of recently-deceased Congressman John P. Murtha has turned into a fierce – and close – fight between democrat Mark Critz, a former Murtha aide and Republican businessman Tim Burns. As Burns attempts to turn southeastern Penn. into a national battleground, Critz fights to keep the campaign local.