National Democrats put $1.5M into Pa. U.S. Senate primary

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2016 3:09 AM

In this undated photo combination, shown from left are: Democratic Senate candidates Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty, and Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, who are running for their party's nomination in the April 26, 2016 primary election. The winner of this contest aims to unseat first-term U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey R-Pa., in the fall election. (AP Photo)

(Harrisburg) -- A national Democratic Party committee is spending $1.5 million on TV ads in the final three weeks of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary campaign in a bid to boost Katie McGinty over Joe Sestak.  

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has confirmed the spending.

It'll push outside spending past $2.5 million in the primary to help McGinty. 

Sestak has an icy relationship with party leaders, but is leading polls.

The former Navy vice admiral and congressman is seeking a rematch against first term Republican Senator Pat Toomey after losing to him in 2010. 

The seat is seen as crucial to winning Senate control. 

Party leaders, including President Obama, are putting their clout on the line to help McGinty.

She is Sestak's chief rival in the three-way race for the Democratic nomination. 

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