PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Democrat Katie McGinty is getting a prime-time speaking slot at the party’s national convention in her native Philadelphia as she aims to knock off Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.
McGinty’s speaking slot will be Thursday evening, before Hillary Clinton delivers her nomination acceptance speech. Toomey is seeking a second term in the November election.
McGinty is a Philadelphia native, and the party and its allies are pouring tens of millions of dollars into the race to help her. The campaign is being closely watched because it could tip control of the U.S. Senate.
Toomey has attacked McGinty as using her public offices to serve her own interests and being in lockstep with Clinton in key issues.
He’s also attacked her service in Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office last year as Wolf sought a multibillion-dollar tax increase.