- Dave McCormick launched his campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
- McCormick has broad support across the GOP spectrum in the Keystone State.
- The race between McCormick and Casey is expected to be a close one, with the outcome having a major impact on the balance of power in the Senate.
Businessman Dave McCormick launched his campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania on Thursday, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown against Sen. Bob Casey (D) in 2024. The rally was held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, suggesting that McCormick sees Western Pennsylvania as key to defeating Casey, who hails from Scranton in the state’s northeast corner.
McCormick, a former hedge fund manager and Gulf War veteran, is entering the contest with broad support across the GOP spectrum in the Keystone State. He lost his prior Senate bid to Republican Mehmet Oz by less than 1,000 votes last year.
At the rally, McCormick said, “We cannot lose our country, we cannot lose our culture. We need leadership in this country and in this commonwealth to lead us forward. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate.”
McCormick has been endorsed by several prominent Pennsylvania Republicans, including former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Tom Ridge. He has also received support from the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The race between McCormick and Casey is expected to be a close one. Casey has been in office since 2007 and has a strong base of support in the state. He is also the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which could give him an edge in rural areas.
The outcome of the race could have a major impact on the balance of power in the Senate. With the 2022 midterms still two years away, both candidates have plenty of time to make their case to the voters of Pennsylvania.