Early Returns sends its condolences to the Sestak family on the sad news of the death of Richard Sestak. Mr. Sestak, 54, died of cancer. He was the architect of the congressional victories of his brother, former Rep. Joe Sestak. As his campaign manager, he overcame the clout of the state's Democratic establishment as his brother won the Democratic Senate nomination over former Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010. Joe Sestak went on to lose the general election to Sen. Pat Toomey, but, against that year's overwhelming Republican tide, the race was a squeaker, with the retired admiral running ahead of Toomey until well into the evening. Here's the obituary from the Inquirer.