Pennsylvania Democratic Primary

Democratic Soul-Searching in One Pennsylvania House Race
Crowded primary candidates battle over who can win GOP district

State Sen. Daylin Leach, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district, greets guests at after speaking in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Democrats across the country are doing some soul-searching as Congress returns to the nation’s capital. The crowded Democratic primaries taking shape raise questions about whether more liberal candidates can win in Republican districts.

For a sense of how that battle for the party is playing out on the ground, look no further than Pennsylvania’s 7th District.

Establishment Favorite Lags in Pennsylvania Senate Primary
Democratic Party likes Katie McGinty; May get Joe Sestak

Sestak has a reputation for going his own way and ignoring party advice. (Greg Wohlford /Erie Times-News via AP)

PHILADELPHIA – Senate Democrats are confident that their primary races this year will turn out exactly as they hope, with one exception.  

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary is a giant question mark to even seasoned operatives in Washington and the Keystone State. They describe the contest here as a de facto two-person showdown between environmental policy wonk Katie McGinty and Navy veteran and former Rep. Joe Sestak.