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April 26, 2016

Pat Toomey votes for Ted Cruz in Pennsylvania primary

Senator had previously endorsed Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, unchallenged in the Pennsylvania primary to seek re-election, has voted for fellow Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Per The Morning Call:

"He's a solid conservative," Toomey said this morning outside his polling place in Zionsville. "We don't agree on everything, but having served with him in the Senate, I know Ted pretty well and I think he's got a real, real viable shot of beating Hillary Clinton in the fall."

Toomey had endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio, but Rubio dropped out after a "handsy" back-and-forth — so to speak — with rival Donald Trump and a primary loss to the businessman and reality television star in his home state of Florida.

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The Call notes Toomey had said he was "out of the endorsement business" after Rubio called it quits.

Toomey had kept a tight lip on who he was voting for before Tuesday's primary, prompting some needling from state Democrats.

Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Toomey in the fall: Joe Sestak, a former congressman and three-star admiral; Katie McGinty, former chief of staff for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf; John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pa.; and small businessman Joseph Vodvarka.