Pennsylvania Senate Race

3 Things to Watch in Pennsylvania’s Primaries

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.

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

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.

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.

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.