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April 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Maddie Hanna, and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
Katie McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating Joe Sestak with a late surge fueled by millions of dollars and high-profile party support from Washington. With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, McGinty held a double-digit lead over Sestak, a margin far larger than many pollsters and insiders predicted. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had a big showing in his home county, Allegheny, but finished third. McGinty's win was a victory for the Democratic establishment, whose endorsements and spending elevated a candidate with deep party roots but who had never won an election and had lagged in polls until the primary's final stretch.
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April 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
What happens in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate when antiestablishment candidates outnumber the establishment candidate three-to-one? We'll find out Tuesday. And the results may take a while to add up in what stands a good chance to be a very close race. The state Supreme Court threw a wrinkle into the race last Tuesday, restoring to the primary ballot Joe Vodvarka, a semiretired spring manufacturer who had been removed on March 30 in a 5-2 ruling by the state Commonwealth Court.
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April 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
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April 23, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
If history and logic are indicators, a Delaware County Republican with decades of political experience and a mammoth campaign-funding advantage should have no problem defeating a Democratic newcomer in Tuesday's election. But that is not stopping Marty Molloy. In fact, not much has stopped the 39-year-old Wallingford Democrat in his foray into politics while running against State Rep. Tom Killion in Tuesday's special election for the vacant Ninth Senate District seat, long held by former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi.
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April 21, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday restored Joe Vodvarka to the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, one week before the Democratic primary election. That overturned a Commonwealth Court victory for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, who filed the challenge to have Vodvarka booted from the ballot. Sestak had challenged the validity of signatures gathered for Vodvarka's nomination petition. The Pennsylvania Department of State is trying to determine how to follow the court's ruling.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS will have a lot of strong choices on the ballot in Tuesday's primary. The headliner is Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president. We will have more on that race later this week. Voters also will be asked to choose among three candidates running for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in November. Three Democrats also are running for attorney general and the right to face whoever the Republicans choose as their nominee in the fall.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 McGinty the best Democrat for Senate seat In its endorsement of Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate ("Sestak gets primary nod," April 10), the Inquirer gave short shrift to Katie McGinty's candidacy, saying her campaign has not shown that she is ready for the Senate. Fitness for office should be judged by the candidate's experience and performance in other jobs, not by four months of the campaign: As head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, McGinty drove an agenda that delivered historic gains on renewable energy and ecosystem protection, ensured clean air and water, and restored Florida's Everglades.
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April 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
Deep into a cold March night in tiny Ligonier, Pa., Joe Sestak padded through a Ramada Inn in his socks, reviewing papers and talking up the sleepy front-desk staff. Sestak - who sleeps little and eats even less - was opening a manic run to win the Senate seat that eluded him in 2010, walking 422 miles across the state more than a year before the first vote is cast. In Washington, the Democratic Party establishment rolled its eyes and dialed up alternatives. They landed on Katie McGinty, a sunny mother of three with years of experience in the White House and Harrisburg, respect from party insiders, but only one run for office - a last-place bid for governor in 2014.
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