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Toomey's Triumph
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The 2010 Pennsylvania Senate election provided high drama from the earliest days of its primary campaigns right through Election Day. After long-time incumbent Arlen Specter was eliminated, the race boiled down to two fresh faces—Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak. Their battle constitutes a microcosm of the political divide that characterizes contemporary American politics.

Veteran writer Hal Gullan obtained special access to the Toomey campaign early on. Toomey's Triumph offers both that inside look and a Philadelphian's reflections of 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 of grassroots organizing and campaigning. He describes how the candidates appear, what they say, and how the media pundits respond to their various gambits. He provides wry observations on the efficacy of each candidate's campaign ads and strategies, and he analyzes the up-and-down polls.

Toomey's Triumph provides an engaging chronicle of a critical campaign.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface: Where I’m Coming From
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Prelude: March 2010
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. Three Paths to April
  2. pp. 11-46
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  1. 3. Setting the Table: May
  2. pp. 47-72
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  1. 4. “Nothing Inappropriate Happened”: June
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. 5. The 80 Percent Solution: July
  2. pp. 91-118
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  1. 6. Maintaining Momentum: August
  2. pp. 119-160
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  1. 7. Seeking the Summit: September
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. 8. Driving It Home: October
  2. pp. 181-206
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  1. 9. Toomsday: November 2, 2010
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. About the Author
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