Feb 14, 2024 - Politics

McCormick-Casey race appears likely

Dave McCormick

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Republican David McCormick appears poised to clinch the GOP nomination for one of the most expensive and competitive Senate races in the 2024 cycle but faces a challenge from a little-known candidate who previously ran for the same seat as a Democrat.

Why it matters: McCormick's challenge to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is in a swing state that could determine control of the Senate and the presidency, Axios' Stef Kight writes.

Driving the news: Pennsylvania's candidate filing deadline closed yesterday. With no serious challengers listed on the state's candidate website, McCormick avoids a potentially nasty primary.

  • Only perennial candidate Joseph Vodvarka gathered enough petitions to challenge McCormick. He ran for Casey's seat in 2016 as a Democrat but didn't survive a petition challenge. He ran as a Republican in 2018 against Lou Barletta but withdrew from the race.
  • The early deadline launches Casey and McCormick into an early head-to-head matchup, while GOP challengers fight it out in primaries in other target states such as Arizona, Montana and Ohio.

By the numbers: Early polls have consistently shown Casey with a lead over McCormick.

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