According to multiple news sources, including Roll Call, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties. He will announce his intention to become a Democrat today, and, for the 2010 election, he will run as a Democrat.

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Democrat(?!) Arlen Specter

The Democrats are now one step closer to a 60-vote majority in the Senate that would make them filibuster-proof and virtually without any effective opposition. In a stunning move, Arlen Specter, one of the most veteran Republicans in the Senate, is switching to the Democratic party.

Specter angered many conservatives by being one of few moderate Republicans to support Barack Obama’s stimulus package earlier this year. That move caused him to dive in the polls with conservatives in Pennsylvania. According to Quinnipiac, he would be far behind little-known Pat Toomey for the Republican primary if he stayed a Republican.

Faced with a humiliating defeat in 2010, he has decided to become a Democrat.

See biography of Arlen Specter below:

Biography of Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter is the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter is a 79 years old, and has served five Senate terms.

Specter was born and raised in Kansas. He studied briefly at the University of Oklahoma before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War.

Specter went on to graduate from Yale Law School in 1956 and practiced law privately in Pennsylvania before becoming an Assistant District Attorney, and then District Attorney in Philadelphia

In 1976, he unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Pennsylvania. In 1980, he ran again and won. In 1996, he unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for President.