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Sestak puts aside primary talk

Published by Daniel Malloy on .

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Tireless Rep. Joe Sestak has been back on the road to thank supporters after his ultimately unsuccessful Senate campaign, in a "defeat lap" that looks an awful lot like the prelude to his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter. This led to some speculation that he might look at a primary challenge to Sen. Bob Casey in 2012. This seemed a little outlandish since Casey actively campaigned for Sestak in his race against Pat Toomey, and Casey has done little to stray from the Democratic Party line, as opposed to ex-Republican Specter.

And PoliticsPA is reporting that Sestak basically dismissed any talk of another primary challenge during his stop in Scranton this weekend:

“I think he’s a good Senator,” said Sestak. “I think Senator Casey could sleep and win this election, he’s so good.”

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“I decided before the election that I was going to do this [tour], win or lose.”

While Sestak did not definitively rule out a run, he seemed dismissive. This comes in contrast to his 2009 tour, when Sestak actively stoked rumors that he would challenge Specter.

“He’s a good Senator,” Sestak reiterated, and offered Casey some campaign advice. “I told Bob a week and a half ago. If I were you, I’d spend next year in the T.”

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