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McGinty Drops First Ad Ahead of Primary

McGinty ran a seven-figure spot in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty released her first ad of the campaign season that will run through the state's April 26 primary.  

The ad features  McGinty, a former candidate for governor and former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, speaking about the U.S. adding 14 million new jobs since the Great Recession while manufacturers work in the background talking. "A good start," McGinty says. "But too many families see the special interests gaining the upper hand in Washington, while paychecks don't go far enough."  

McGinty then goes on to talk about making sure paychecks match up with work, protecting Social Security and making college affordable.  

The McGinty campaign said the ad is currently playing in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for a total of seven figures but would not clarify specifically how large the ad buy is.  

McGinty is running against former Rep. Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. McGinty is considered the establishment favorite, having been supported by former Gov. Ed Rendell and others.  

According to a February poll  by Franklin & Marshall College, McGinty is trailing Sestak by 9 points and leading Fetterman by 4 points, though 56 percent of those polled were undecided.  

Contact Garcia at EricGarcia@cqrollcall.com and follow him on Twitter @EricMGarcia  

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