Republican Toomey wins Senate race in Pennsylvania: ABC

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 3, 2010 5:48am EDT

Supporters of Pennsylvania Republican senatorial candidate Pat Toomey and Democratic Senatorial candidate Congressman Joe Sestak hold signs on the street before a debate at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 20, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

Supporters of Pennsylvania Republican senatorial candidate Pat Toomey and Democratic Senatorial candidate Congressman Joe Sestak hold signs on the street before a debate at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 20, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Pat Toomey won a Senate race in Pennsylvania over Democrat Joe Sestak, ABC news projected on Wednesday, taking a seat from Democrats who will face a narrower majority in the chamber.

Toomey, a fiscal conservative who had the backing of the Tea Party movement, led for much of the race and hit Sestak hard over the struggling economy in a state that was once dominated by industrial manufacturers.

Sestak, who beat incumbent Senator Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, had key support from labor unions and got a brief boost from rallies with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the final weeks of the race.

While Pennsylvania is a state fairly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, the Republican victory in this race could be a sign of how hard Obama will have to campaign there during his 2012 re-election bid.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Eric Beech)