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Casey endorses McGinty to face Sen. Toomey

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is endorsing Katie McGinty in the four-way Democratic primary to determine who will face first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Pennsylvania’s senior senator and fellow Democrat says “McGinty will fight tirelessly for Pennsylvania families, and I’m proud to endorse her.”

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, Joe Vodvarka, and Joe Sestak — a former congressman who Toomey defeated for the Senate seat in 2010 — are the others running for the Democratic nomination.

Sestak says Casey’s endorsement “completes and all-inclusive rejection by Washington DC’s and Pennsylvania Democratic politicians of what I believe in and stand for.”

McGinty was secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under former Gov. Ed Rendell and briefly served as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff before resigning to run for the Senate.