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June 20, 2016

Politico: Pennsylvania seat in U.S. Senate fifth-most likely to change parties

The race in Pennsylvania for a United States Senate seat is among the most likely to result in a change of parties in this year's election cycle.

According to Politico, Republican Senator Pat Toomey's reelection bid is the fifth-most likely to be knocked off by a challenger.

Democratic nominee Katie McGinty is looking to claim her first elected office after beating former U.S. Representative Joe Sestak, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and businessman Joseph Vodvarka in April's primary.

Politico's Kevin Robillard writes:

"Toomey, a favorite of the Koch network, the Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth, looks set to get help from the full breadth of the GOP coalition. Those outside groups also believe they can define Democrat Katie McGinty using everything from her long career in government and consulting to a recent false claim that she was the first member of her family to go to college. Democratic outside groups have had to buck her up, from the DSCC’s big primary spending to a recent (and rare) contrast ad from Senate Majority PAC."

The race quickly became heated after the primary with the Toomey campaign questioning McGinty's ethics in a television ad and a Buzzfeed report accusing Toomey of missing 80 percent of Budget Committee hearings.

A May poll showed Toomey and McGinty in a neck-and-neck race.