Katie McGinty had the support of Rep. Bob Brady before she even jumped into the race and soon gained the support of former Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Congressman Mike Doyle.
It is also a foregone conclusion that McGinty’s former boss, Governor Wolf, will also throw his support behind her.
Meanwhile, Joe Sestak received the backing of Congressman Matt Cartwright.
The biggest name still out there, though, is the man McGinty and Sestak are seeking to join, Senator Bob Casey.
There is no clear indication as to who the commonwealth’s senior Senator might choose.
Sestak has long had difficulties with local party leaders, but so has Casey. Ed Rendell beat him in a brutal gubernatorial primary in 2002 and that rivalry never really died. Therefore, Sen. Casey may be hesitant to join the McGinty chorus that has formed in the Rendell wing of the party.
Does that mean Casey would be willing to stick his neck out for Sestak?
Of course, the Senator could always choose to stay out of the primary altogether.
Still, with about eight months to go until primary Election Day anything could happen.
Who Will Bob Casey Endorse in the 2016 Senate Democratic Primary?
- Katie McGinty (61%)
- Neither (30%)
- Joe Sestak (9%)