Specter loses to someone outside the beltway, perhaps increasing Democratic chances of holding on to the PA Senate seat in an anti-incumbent year Democrats easily hold onto PA-12, in a district that actually voted for John McCain. Rand Paul, who holds a number of nutty views, won in Kentucky against a Democrat Jack Conway. Conway won against Mongiardo, who probably would have been a weaker candidate because he has some corruption charges surrounding him. Blanche Lincoln was forced into a runoff by a more liberal candidate, which may if she holds onto her seat push her to be a little more progressive. (That said, it will be hard for the Dems to hold onto this seat; early polls show Lincoln down by 15% or more.) Also, in both Arkansas and Kentucky Democrats voted in larger numbers than Republicans.