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U.S. Senate race decision facing county voters

Published October 29. 2010 05:00PM

The contest for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania is a toss-up between Pat Toomey, Republican, and Joe Sestak, Democrat, and Schuylkill County voters can play a major role in deciding who will be their representative in the next Congress.

The winner will take the seat being vacated by Senator Arlen Spector, a five term senator who his bid fo re-election in the primary to Sestak.

Pat Toomey, 48, Zionsville, who holds a B.S. from Harvard University, is currently serving in the U.S. Congress and hopes to move up to the Senate. A former restaurant owner, he represented the Lehigh Valley area in Congress from 1999 to 2008.

Joe Sestak, 58, a second term Congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs who spent 31 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as an adminiral. He is the highest ranking former military officer ever elected to Congress. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974, received a Master's Degree from Harvard University in 1981 and a PHD from Harvard in 1984. After retiring as a Vice Adminireal he served as director for defense policy in the White House and served on President Bill Clinton's Nartional Security Council.

There have been serious clashes between the candidates over the best way to save more jobs during the recession and both tried to paint the other as too extreme.

Sestak linked Toomey to the Tea Party, Toomey hitched Sestak to Nancy Pelosi, the House leader. Sestak defends the stimulus package passed by Congress claiming eight million more jobs would have been lost without it. Tomey favored a three year period of halving payroll taxes would have been more effective by making it less expensive for businesses to hire employees while avoiding wasteful project spending by government.

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