Specter rejected in bid for sixth term

One of the longest-serving Jewish senators, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, won’t be returning for a sixth term next year.

Specter lost a Democratic primary May 18 after taking the risky step last year of switching from the GOP. His defeat still leaves a dozen Jewish senators.

Voters picked Rep. Joe Sestak as the Democrat’s nominee for the general election in November, when he will face off against Republican Pat Toomey.

Specter, 80, represented Pennsylvania for three decades, but every campaign he won was as a Republican. In his first election as a Democrat, he received 46 percent of the vote compared with 54 percent for Sestak, a retired Navy vice admiral who has represented a suburban Philadelphia district since 2007.

— j. wire services