Friday, March 23, 2007

Poll: 83 percent say Specter too old to run

It's not scientific, but the results are overwhelming.

More than 83 percent of the people who voted in an online poll conducted by The Mercury newspaper in Pottstown believe Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is too old to seek another term in 2010.

Specter turns 80 in 2010. If he wins a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, he will be 86 by the end of the term.

The Mercury's poll was conducted over a two-day period on the newspaper's Web site,

Seniority is a big deal in the Senate, so maybe Specter's age will be a plus ... if he can get past the Republican primary (which he almost lost in 2004 to unknown former Congressman Pat Toomey.)

Toomey is the darling of conservative Republicans and has helped many other conservatives win national elections as president of the Club for Growth.

Specter surprise announcement this week that he will seek re-election (three years before his current term expires) is seen by some pundits as a way to discourage potential opponents like Toomey from challenging Specter.

On the other hand, Toomey now has three years to raise money (and doubts in the minds of voters about Specter's advancing years).

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