In Pennsylvania, progressive Joe Sestak beat
Republican Democrat Arlen Specter 54-46. That's a big upset, what with Specter getting support from Organizing for America, the DSCC, and Obama himself. Rep. Sestak has a 95% rating from HRC and has been outspoken about ending DADT, and cosponsored ENDA; Sen. Specter has a 70% rating and cosponsored ENDA.
In Arkansas, there was no majority winner and Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Governor Bill Halter will to a run-off. It's another upset - Lincoln was supported by Bill Clinton and Obama and had the state Democratic Party machine behind her. She also has a 70% rating from HRC, voted against FMA, and has refused to take a position on ENDA; Halter helped fundraise against Act 1 in 2008, which banned gay adoption by banning non-married, non-single people from adopting.
Both Lincoln and Specter became symbols of Democratic inaction in Congress, of the establishment ignoring assorted leftist - and even liberal - causes to advance pro-business agenda. Is this a message Democrats can hear?