Senator Arlen Specter switched to the Democratic Party because he was going to lose a primary election. Things might not work out as well as expected as the backlash is starting to mount. The GOP might want to persuade former Governor Tom Ridge to run. Polls show showed Specter, as a Democrat, has a 53 percent to 33 percent lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, a Republican. If you insert Ridge, the former governor and former national homeland security secretary, it is a virtual tie. Toomey lost the 2004 primary to Specter by only 17,000 votes out of the one million totals. Specter, who is seeking a sixth term, faces opposition in the Democratic primary. This is a huge gamble for Specter as he is banking on the acceptance of the party he has beat in five elections and has been a Republican for thirty years. This is just one of many mid term elections that are going to shape the second half of the President Barack Obama administration.