Endorsements, polls and a dead heat. See who made this week’s list!
Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty. The Pennsylvania Senate race has become a dead heat in more ways than one. First of all, the polls are all over the place in this contest. Just this week, Franklin & Marshall had McGinty with a six-point lead while Quinnipiac put Toomey up by eight. Meanwhile, Monmouth showed an exact tie between the two. Additionally, McGinty and Toomey revealed that they raised $6.3 million and $6.1 million respectively during the third fundraising quarter. For all the talk of the presidential race, the Senate battle may be the one keeping Pennsylvanians up late in the early morning of November 9th.
Hillary Clinton. Speaking of the presidential contest, Clinton went 3 for 3 in this week’s polls. Quinnipiac, Monmouth and F&M showed her with leads of five, ten and nine points respectively. The candidate also held a town hall in Delaware County with Chelsea Clinton and Elizabeth Banks on Tuesday. Finally, she scored the first endorsement of a newspaper editorial board when the Patriot-News announced their support on Thursday.
Seth Williams. The Philadelphia District Attorney has recently faced a number of personal and professional difficulties but his electoral life was considered still somewhat strong. That may be changing, however, after this week. On Monday, Congressman and Philadelphia Democratic Party leader Bob Brady indicated he wouldn’t come to the DA’s aid. Instead, Brady seems content to let Williams fight it out in a primary which could feature several hopefuls. All of a sudden, Spring 2017 must feel like it’s right around the corner for Williams.
Brian Fitzpatrick. The Republican nominee continues to build momentum just about a month out from Election Day. The younger brother of the retiring Congressman unveiled his Q3 total Wednesday. The largest fundraising haul for a non-incumbent, this cash will be needed as PA-8 remains the most competitive Congressional contest this year.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. It has hit seventeen weeks.
The tweet of the week goes to Nate Silver for this great piece on FiveThirtyEight about the emerging differences between Pennsylvania and our neighbor Ohio.
Pennsylvania and Ohio are breaking up. https://t.co/0UrcB5CtdD
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 5, 2016