Yesterday, we reported that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) confirmed he would not run for Governor but would consider an open US Senate race. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) has already said he is not seeking a third term next year. Apparently, Mr. Fetterman is more serious than merely “considering” the Senate race. Yesterday, he filed a Senate campaign exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission and claims to already have pledges of over $500,000.
For the Republicans, former two-term US Rep. Ryan Costello, who dropped out of the 2018 House race because he felt he would lose the redistricted 6th CD, is also indicating an interest in the Senate race. Mr. Costello is likely to face fierce Republican primary opposition, however. He is a strong anti-Trumper, and his leaving the congressional race in the manner in which he did left party leaders with virtually no ability to defend the seat, thereby allowing Democrat Chrissy Houlahan (D-Devon) to easily convert the district without major opposition. The PA Senate race will be one of the nation’s top 2022 campaigns.
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