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We Have Primary Winners In Pennsylvania — On The Republican Side

While most eyes in Pennsylvania are on the Democratic Senate primary — which is still in the early stages of counting — as well as the special congressional race in the 12th District, there are results in the Republican primaries to report.

In the Senate race, former Rep. Pat Toomey — who came within a couple of percentage points of Sen. Arlen Specter in the GOP primary six years ago — easily defeated his primary opponent, conservative activist Peg Luksik.  With almost a third of the vote counted, Toomey has about 80 percent of the vote.  Luksik has run for governor in the past, both in the GOP primary and as a third-party candidate in the general election.

In the race for governor, state Attorney General Tom Corbett was also a big winner over Sam Rohrer, a conservative state representative.

Meanwhile, in that Democratic Senate primary, with 32 percent of the vote counted, it's dead even — 50-50 — between five-term incumbent Specter and challenger Joe Sestak, a two-term congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs.

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