Toomey hits airwaves amid stepped-up attacks from Democrats

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 22, 2016 9:06 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Marc Levy

Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey speaks while announcing that he is running for a second six-year term in office, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in King of Prussia.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's junior U.S. Senator is returning to the airwaves for the first time since last summer to tout his support for expanded police access to military gear and his push to expand background checks on firearms purchases.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey's ads began airing today as he runs for a second term in closely divided Pennsylvania.

The seat is viewed as being crucial to control of the Senate next year.

Toomey has no opponent in the April 26 primary.

But Democrats are ramping up efforts to tie him to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and accuse him of obstructionism in the battle over filling the Supreme Court vacancy.

One of Toomey's potential Democratic opponents, Joe Sestak, charges the GOP lawmaker has voted against local law enforcement aid and other gun-control measures.

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