Toomey clinches GOP nod, waits for Dem opponent

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey cruised to the GOP Senate nomination after facing only token opposition from Johnstown activist Peg Luksik in the primary.

Toomey had 79 percent of the vote with 1,840 of 9,233 precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns. The Associated Press declared him the winner. 

He will face either Sen. Arlen Specter (D) or Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in the general election. In recent weeks, the Toomey campaign started directing its fire toward the congressman, attempting to brand him as a liberal extremist. Toomey has a considerable war chest and is expected to be a formidable opponent for either Sestak or Specter.

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