The Washington Post- Senate Democrats pour $1.1 million into boosting McGinty in Pa. primary against Sestak

by Paul Kane | April 07, 2016
Democrats in Washington are tripling down on their bet that Katie McGinty is a better option than Joe Sestak to be their nominee to challenge Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) this fall, launching a low-seven-figure campaign ahead of the April 26 primary.
Democrats in Washington are tripling down on their bet that Katie McGinty is a better option than Joe Sestak to be their nominee to challenge Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) this fall, launching a low-seven-figure campaign ahead of the April 26 primary.
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The late surge of DSCC cash comes amid some signs that McGinty’s campaign might finally be breaking through, after many months of languishing far behind the better-known Sestak. A Republican polling company released a survey Monday that showed Sestak with support from 41 percent of the likely voters in the race, with McGinty at 31 percent. John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, a small city in western Pennsylvania, received 9 percent in the survey by Harper Polling.

The good news for the DSCC was McGinty’s movement — she rose 14 percent in one month in the Harper poll. The bad news was that Sestak also rose, up from 33 percent a month ago.

Still, the gap narrowed, and the Obama-Biden endorsement is just settling into voters’ minds — something that McGinty’s allies will work aggressively to inform the undecided voters in the campaign’s final days. The president and vice president remain very popular with Pennsylvania Democrats, with almost two-thirds saying that they have a “very favorable” image of the two party leaders.
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