The Hill- Obama-backed Dem makes gains in Pa. primary

by Lisa Hagen | May 02, 2016
The Democratic Senate race in Pennsylvania has tightened as the party’s establishment seeks to topple the insurgent candidate Tuesday.

The Democratic Senate race in Pennsylvania has tightened as the party’s establishment seeks to topple the insurgent candidate Tuesday.

Until recently, polls had shown Katie McGinty, the establishment favorite, consistently trailing rival Joe Sestak in the race to take on vulnerable Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. 
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On Monday, Harper Polling released a survey that showed McGinty up 39 percent to Sestak’s 33 percent, with 11 percent of voters still undecided. The group’s poll in early April showed Sestak with a 10-point lead, with 19 percent undecided.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), a campaign surrogate for McGinty, said the influx of support has helped amplify her message and says it is a validation of her bid. 

“She’s been able to get her message out in ways she was not able to prior to a few weeks ago,” Casey said. “I think it’s a testament to her candidacy and the support she’s developed across the state.”

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