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In quick succession Tuesday night, the jittery inhabitants of Washington's marble halls found three more reasons to worry about their staying power. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the Senate's patron saint of resilience, was turned out in a Democratic primary, in favor of an unwanted rival, Rep. Joe Sestak, who had neither major union nor White House support. In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a model of southern Democratic moderation, was forced into a primary runoff by a self-styled outsider, Bill Halter, challenging from her left. And in Kentucky, the Washington establishment's chosen Republican (See 10 races that have Democrats worried for 2010.)
Senate candidate, Trey Grayson, fell to the son of a libertarian outlier, who carried the flag of another party. "I have a message, a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We've come to take our government back," declared Rand Paul, son of Representative and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, upon winning by a double-digit margin.