Toomey's Triumph

Inside a Key Senate Campaign

Harold I. Gullan
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256 pages
6 x 9
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A veteran political observer's take on the critical Pat Toomey-Joe Sestak Senate race of 2010

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The 2010 Pennsylvania Senate election provided high drama from the electrifying primary season elimination of long-time incumbent Arlen Specter right through the hotly contested general election battle between relative newcomers Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak. Their battle featured not only a close, down-to-the wire race, but represented a case study of the political divide that characterizes contemporary American politics. Yet, despite the close race and the wide divergence in views, both candidates largely ran a civil campaign. Veteran writer Hal Gullan obtained special access to the Toomey campaign early in the primary season. The result of that privileged perspective, Toomey's Triumph offers both an inside look at and a Philadelphian's reflections on a riveting election. Gullan's astute month-by-month narrative distills the events of the year-long battles through the high drama and the day-to-day grind of grassroots organizing and campaigning. He relates where the candidates appeared, what they said, and how the media pundits responded to their various gambits. He makes wry observations on the efficacy of each candidate's campaign ads and strategies and offers insightful analyses of the ups and downs of the polls. Toomey's Triumph provides an engaging chronicle of a critical campaign.

Table of Contents

Preface: Where I’m Coming From 
1. Prelude: March 2010 
2. Three Paths to April 
3. Setting the Table: May 
4. “Nothing Inappropriate Happened”: June 
5. The 80 Percent Solution: July 
6. Maintaining Momentum: August 
7. Seeking the Summit: September 
8. Driving it Home: October 
9. Toomsday: November 2, 2010 

About the Author(s)

Dr. Harold I. Gullan is a historian whose books include The Upset That Wasn't: Harry S. Truman and the Crucial Election of 1948, Jumping Through Hoops: Why Penn Wins and First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents.