TV attack ads start fast in Pennsylvania Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – TV attack ads are already flying in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

It’s less than a week after Democrat Katie McGinty celebrated a 10-point Pennsylvania primary win for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November.

The outcome could tilt political control of the U.S. Senate.

Pennsylvanians should prepare for mud-slinging: The race will likely cost tens of millions of dollars. Three of the four TV ads already running in the race are attack ads.

More than $20 million already has been spent on the race, going back to 2015. That includes spending by Toomey’s campaign, Democratic primary candidates and outside advocacy groups.

Since the Vietnam War ended, just two U.S. senators have lost re-election in Pennsylvania. That’s Rick Santorum in 2006 and Arlen Specter in 2010.


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