Incumbent Senator Pat Toomey has been re-elected as Pennsylvania’s junior Senator. Toomey’s campaign beat out new-comer and democrat Katie McGinty.
A spokesperson from the Toomey campaign says that Senator Toomey is “incredibly grateful to the people of Pennsylvania for being re-elected as PA’s Senator.”
Toomey’s victory over McGinty was called shortly after midnight by the Associated Press. It was a close call with 49% of the votes going to Senator Toomey and 47% to McGinty. Pennsylvania voters casted 2,893,327 for Toomey and 2,793,512 for McGinty.
This race was hotly contested through the 2016 Election year, as it was one of 34 seats that were up for grabs. This Senate race had the ability to give the democratic party control over the upper chamber of Congress. However, the Senate remains under Republican control with 51 seats to the democrat’s 47.
McGinty has strong stances on equal pay for women, subsidizing state colleges, and supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Born and raised in Philly and a graduate from St. Joseph’s University, McGinty has fought hard to get to where she is. The daughter of working class parents, she was the first person in her family to attend college. She landed Legislative Assistant to Al Gore, and then Deputy Assistant to former President Bill Clinton. McGinty announced she would run for PA Governor in 2014. She came in last place, with Tom Wolf taking the ballot. The following year, she decided to run for State Senator.
Incumbent Pat Toomey has served as Pennsylvania’s Junior State Senator since 2011. Toomey has strong stances on pro-life, immigration reform, and lowering taxes. A Rhode Island native and Harvard graduate,Toomey started out as a businessman, and later became a US Representative for PA’s 15th District. In 2005, he became the President of the Club for Growth until in 2010, when he was nominated for a seat in Congress.
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