Pennsylvania Senate Primary

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly Not Running for Senate
GOP lawmaker bows out after report that Rep. Lou Barletta is running

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly will run for re-election to his House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Rep. Mike Kelly announced Tuesday that he will not to run for Senate in Pennsylvania, and instead will seek re-election to his House seat.

Kelly’s decision comes one day after The Associated Press reported that fellow Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Lou Barletta has decided to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.

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.