PENNSYLVANIA — With Sean Parnell’s departure from the race, the PA GOP Senate primary is hitting a “reset” as the crowded field of unknown candidates makes for an intense primary fight that is just beginning.
Read below to get caught up on the wide open primary and the chaos to come:
“Senate candidate Sean Parnell’s abrupt end to his campaign in Pennsylvania has shaken up the Republican primary field in a crucial race as the party seeks to win a majority next fall. According to multiple Republican operatives in and outside of the Keystone State, the slate of GOP candidates could expand in coming weeks to include hedge fund executive David McCormick and daytime TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.”
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“But the knives already appear to be sharpening in anticipation of a McCormick announcement, with a fresh story in the N.Y. Post about McCormick’s business record in Pittsburgh.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: Sean Parnell is out. What’s next for Republicans in Pa.’s 2022 Senate race?
“None of the remaining contenders has stood out — or mounted a strong enough campaign to scare off new rivals. So while candidates like Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands see new opportunity with Parnell’s decision to end his campaign, his struggles also brought new hopefuls closer to entering the fray.”
Washington Examiner: Dr. Oz equipped to fill void in Pennsylvania Senate race
“Celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz is poised to shake up the Pennsylvania Senate race, bolstered by a vast personal fortune to invest in a 2022 campaign and enviable poll numbers that suggest the Republican would be an immediate front-runner.”