May 18, 2010 8:18 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Primary election day in several states

It's primary day around the nation.

President Barack Obama is not on the ballot, nor is the Republican Senate leader, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell. But both have a stake in contests testing the tea party among Kentucky Republicans and the durability of Democratic incumbents in Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Five-term Sen. Arlen Specter is fighting for his political life as today's Democratic primary in Pennsylvania is too close to call. It's a year since he switched parties. Rep. Joe Sestak charges Specter with abandoning principal for political survival in switching parties.

Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Haltera are in a tough primary in Arkansas.

Rand Paul is predicting victory in today's Republican Senate primary in Kentucky. His chief opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, says the tea party favorite has a false sense of security.


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