WASHINGTON – Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. on Friday endorsed fellow Democrat Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary, calling her the party’s best chance to unseat Republican Sen. Pat Toomey this fall.
“The challenges we face this year and the likelihood of getting a Democratic victory in November is too significant to stay on the sidelines,” Casey told reporters in a call.
Casey chose McGinty over Joe Sestak, a former admiral and member of the House from Delaware County, who has had an edge in polling and narrowly lost to Toomey in 2010, but whose campaign style has worried party leaders in Washington and Pennsylvania and stirred them to look for an alternative.
McGinty, Gov. Wolf’s former chief of staff, had already won widespread support from the Democratic establishment, including Wolf; the Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid; and major unions.