Turnout light in Pennsylvania
A quick report from the field in Pennsylvania.
Voter turnout is light in virtually all parts of the state, particularly in Philadelphia, the office of the Secretary of State confirms, developments that are likely to favor Joe Sestak.
Arlen Specter needs high turnout because his supporters are thought to be less enthusiastic, while Sestak's are more motivated. Specter particularly is counting on high turnout in Philly.
But Charlie Young, a spokesman for the Secretary of State, says turnout in the state, where the weather is bad today, is low.
"It's relatively light, with some higher concentrations out in the areas that have the special election for Murtha's seat," he says, referring to the battle for Pennsylvania's 12th district in the southwestern part of the state.
Philadelphia's turnout, he says, is even lighter. "There are no lines anywhere," he says.
This is born out by an official with a major union backing Specter, who says union hands doing get-out-the-vote work are reporting back that "turnout is abysmal."
"People aren't fired up about Specter," the official conceded. "It's low statewide, and then in Philly it especially sucks."
The Philadelphia Inquirer has lots more anecdotal evidence along these lines. Polls close at 8 P.M E.T., and we'll be blogging the results right here.
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