Pittsburgh Tribune Review- Debate gets intense for Democratic candidates for Senate in Pennsylvania

by Tom Fontaine | April 07, 2016
The three Democrats running to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, tried to differentiate themselves during an hourlong debate Tuesday at WTAE-TV's Wilkinsburg studio, highlighting what they'd do differently to improve life for Pennsylvanians.

The three Democrats running to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, tried to differentiate themselves during an hourlong debate Tuesday at WTAE-TV's Wilkinsburg studio, highlighting what they'd do differently to improve life for Pennsylvanians.

A poll released earlier in the day showed the Democratic race tightening at the top, but former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak leads former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty by 10 percentage points. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, 46, is in a distant third and his numbers are falling, the poll by Harrisburg research firm Harper Polling showed.

“Sestak continues to grow his support because he remains popular with base Democratic voters, but McGinty is closing the gap because, for many Democrats, they're getting their first real introduction to her,” Harper Polling President Brock McCleary said, alluding to her stepped-up advertising and recent high-profile endorsements.
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“The high-school-popularity-contest phase of the race is ending. Now that both (Sestak and McGinty) are well-known and well-liked, the job for each is to turn voters against the other. The dirt starts flying now,” McCleary said.
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