Katie McGinty

How Pat Toomey Won
Pennsylvania senator’s road to re-election started long before 2016

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, seen here campaigning in State College, Pa., in August, was aided in his successful re-election effort by a shift in his image over the past six years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Patrick J. Toomey’s re-election campaign started a day after he took office in 2011, almost six years before he would actually face voters. The freshly elected Republican senator met at noon in the bowels of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, across the street from Union Station, with two of his top political lieutenants.

The trio needed figure out as soon as possible how the Republican could possibly win another statewide election in Pennsylvania.

Democrats Pick Up First Seat, but Bayh Loses, Rubio Wins
Republicans say they are surprised things are this competitive given Trump, blue-state heavy map

Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has trailed his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty in 10 of the last 12 public polls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update: 8:38 p.m.

The first big result of the night (for Senate races) is in: Evan Bayh has lost his bid in Indiana to return to the Senate.

Michelle Obama Cuts Ads for McGinty in Pennsylvania Senate Race
Democrats bring out heavy-hitters in crucial race for control of the Senate

First lady Michelle Obama makes a pitch for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee)

Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty is getting some help from first lady Michelle Obama in her race against Sen. Pat Toomey.

Obama cut two ads for McGinty, paid by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as both parties pour money into a race that could determine control of the Senate in the next Congress.

Pennsylvania Governor's Office Releases McGinty Emails
Republicans say Democrat was plotting run against Toomey on state time

While most of Katie McGinty's state email showed her performing routine government tasks, there were some that suggested she was talking about a run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans in Tight Races Hit Opponents on Clinton Emails
GOP candidates try to turn tables on Democrats and their presidential nominee

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte released an ad tying her Democratic opponent, Gov. Maggie Hassan, to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just days after Democrats were tying Republican candidates to Donald Trump’s hot mic moment, Republicans in contested races are seizing FBI Director James B. Comey’s revelation about possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email investigation to attack their Democratic opponents.

Comey announced last Friday the discovery of emails pertaining to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. He has since been pummeled by Democrats, concerned that his unusual move could influence the election.

Do Real Voters Believe in ‘Checks and Balances?’
Interviews with suburban voters near Harrisburg paints a mixed picture

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey poses with a military-style Jeep during a campaign event at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa., in September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Sharon Sybrandt thinks Donald Trump is “fat,” ugly,” and a “whack job.” But her disgust with the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t mean she’ll vote against the GOP down ticket — to the relief of her home-state senator, Patrick J. Toomey.

“I will vote Republican for everyone else entirely to counteract Hillary,” said the 72-year-old former insurance regulator. The registered Republican and a resident of this well-to-do suburb of Harrisburg has a deep unease with Democrats — mainly because of their work on health care — and is worried what will happen if they once again control the White House and Congress.

McGinty Asked Podesta: Should I Run for Senate?
Pennsylvania Democrat faces Republican Sen. Pat Toomey next month

Katie McGinty. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In July of last year, Katie McGinty had a decision to make: Should she run for Senate? 

So the Pennsylvania Democrat sought advice from a man who knows plenty about politics — the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

Toomey Leads McGinty in Latest Poll
Pennsylvania GOP senator still 'unpersuaded' about Trump

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey said he hoped he could be persuaded to be an "enthusiastic supporter" of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll shows Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey beating Democratic challenger Katie McGinty despite his struggles with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The WHTM-TV/ABC27 News poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research gave Toomey a 4-point lead over McGinty, 42 percent to 38 percent. 

Democratic Super PAC Invests in Senate Races
Group had initially focused on backing Hillary Clinton

Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, right, is running against Sen. Richard M. Burr in a surprisingly tight race in North Carolina. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action is planning to put some of its money into tight Senate races across the country. 

The group had been initially focused on supporting Hillary Clinton, primarily. But now the super PAC is planning on spending in races in North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, CNN reported.

The Senate: How the Challengers Rank
A new No. 1 rises thanks to his unexpected strength in a Republican state

Democrats are counting on Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to win his Senate race against Sen. Roy Blunt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

How bad can it get for the GOP?

That’s the question party strategists are asking themselves this week after the revelation last Friday of a video in which Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Already, former Trump supporters like Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada have decided to no longer back their own party’s presidential nominee. Other Republicans may not be far behind.