The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is endorsing Arlen Specter as he seeks a Pennsylvania record sixth term in the U.S. Senate.
The executive council of the organized labor federation met Tuesday in a suburban Harrisburg hotel to take a closed-door vote.
Specter and his principal opponent in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, met separately with the group before the vote.
Specter won 34 out of 43 votes, or better than the two-thirds necessary to win the endorsement. Specter also won the group's endorsement in his last campaign in 2004, before he switched from Republican to Democrat.
The AFL-CIO is not endorsing a Republican candidate in the Senate primary contest.
Comment: Special interest leverage in the US Senate will be curbed when the 17th Amendment is repealed. Any other attempt is wishful thinking.