HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is going back to the U.S. Senate for a second term after defying a registration deficit in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania with the help of a wave of unexpected support for GOP President-elect Donald Trump.
He’d also made a carefully crafted appeal to suburban swing voters.
Toomey’s 2 percentage-point victory over Democrat Katie McGinty also helped Republicans keep control of the Senate. The fiscal hawk had been one of the most vulnerable Republican senators running for re-election.
The often-ugly race smashed U.S. Senate campaign finance records, with spending on it passing $160 million.
Toomey won by a slightly wider margin than Trump’s 1 percentage-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.