Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter died in his home on Sunday at the age of 82. Specter had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2005, and was treated again in 2008, and hospitalized once more in August. "Specter was long a voice of Republican moderation, but he handed Democrats a supermajority in the Senate by switching parties in 2009. He lost the Democratic primary the next year in an anti-incumbency movement that swept many veteran politicians from office." He was the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, having first been elected in 1980.
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