Obama, Biden add backing to McGinty in Senate primary

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 30, 2016 4:24 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.



(Harrisburg) -- President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are adding their backing to Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania's competitive race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. 

The endorsement by the president and vice president comes four weeks out from Pennsylvania's April 26 primary.

In a McGinty campaign release, Obama calls her a ``true champion for working families.'' 

Unseating Republican Senator Pat Toomey is viewed as crucial for the Democrats to retake Senate control. 

McGinty practically has unanimous support at the top of the Democratic Party in her race against Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, former Congressman Joe Sestak and Joe Vodvarka, a semi-retired owner of a spring manufacturing shop. 

However, many voters appear to be undecided and Sestak is leading polls, despite a chilly relationship with party leaders.

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