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Joe Sestak: Specter Challenge Decision Soon

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Joe Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, says he's seriously considering challenging newest Democrat Arlen Specter in next year's Pennsylvania Senate primary.

Sestak told The Associated Press Thursday he's concerned that Washington's Democratic establishment has picked a candidate who may not be the best for the party's voters in Pennsylvania. The suburban Philadelphia congressman says he has concerns about Specter's voting record _ particularly his recent vote against the Democratic-backed budget.

He says Specter's decision to break with the Republican Party and become a Democrat moved him closer to running. He anticipates a decision in the coming weeks.

Sestak was elected in 2006. Earlier, he commanded an aircraft carrier battlegroup in Afghanistan.