06/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Relying On Specter-Like Recruits For 2010

For many Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the reaction to Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch was unequivocal: good riddance.

Yet even as his jilted former party slams the door behind him, the GOP is quietly pursuing a 2010 strategy that relies heavily on candidates nearly identical to Specter. The party's road to winning back a Senate majority, it seems, is paved with moderates whose records are sure to make conservatives blanch.

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