Politico: PA Dubbed one of 10 States “That Could Decide the Next Senate”
Politico reporter James Hohmann labeled PA as one of the states (ahem commonwealth) crucial to the pursuit of a Senate majority.
The article looks at ten incumbents, eight Republicans and two Democrats, who are potentially vulnerable heading into the next election cycle.
Facing what looks to be a 54 seat majority for the Republicans in the Senate, Democrats need all the help they can get and have targeted Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) in 2016.
Toomey is likely to face a rematch from 2010 opponent Joe Sestak. Sestak lost by only 2%, and is seen as the early front runner, declaring his intention to run last year and backing it up with a recent fundraising email sent to supporters.
Hohmann acknowledges the fact that Toomey will likely have a tougher time running in a presidential cycle, as a GOP presidential candidate hasn’t carried PA since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Furthermore, Hohmann notes that Toomey “has made efforts to move to center, co-sponsoring a background check bill last year, for example. Still, Quinnipiac pegged his approval at 41 percent in June.”
Toomey’s challenger may also come in the form of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, however “sources say she’s likely to opt for coasting to a second term in 2016.”
Sestak, a former three star admiral in the U.S. Navy, represented Pa’s 7th Congressional District from 2007 to 2011.