Democratic voters on Tuesday will decide the party’s nominees for Senate in Maryland and Pennsylvania, two races that have featured hard-fought battles.
Democratic voters on Tuesday will decide the party’s nominees for Senate in Maryland and Pennsylvania, two races that have featured hard-fought battles between candidates split along establishment, gender and — at least in Maryland’s case — racial lines.
In both contests, a late front-runner has emerged: The most recent polls show former Clinton administration official Katie McGinty and Rep. Chris Van Hollen with leads over their foremost opponents, onetime Rep. Joe Sestak and Rep. Donna Edwards, respectively. Both are backed by much of the Democratic Party establishment -- support that has given them a financial edge in the elections’ final weeks.
“What happened here was you had so many different groups that were able to carry different kinds of messages to appeal to different kinds of voters,” said Brock McCleary, a Republican pollster who runs Harper. “You have almost an orchestra of messages rather than a single blunt-force approach.”
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