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Democrats' US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 13, 2016 12:49 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- In Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Democratic primary race with few differences over issues, jousting over natural gas drilling is providing an opening.

It began in recent days among three Democrats seeking to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey.

John Fetterman's campaign accused Katie McGinty of taking campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, but Fetterman's campaign didn't cite any exploration company or industry group that gave money to McGinty's Senate campaign.

Meanwhile, Fetterman and Joe Sestak both say they support a halt to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the drilling technology that's helped make Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 natural gas-producing state.

Like Sestak and Fetterman, McGinty supports stronger regulations over fracking, but not a moratorium. The primary election is April 26.

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