Pennsylvania Democrats pick establishment's Senate candidate

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 26, 2016 10:37 PM

FILE PHOTO: Katie McGinty (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Harrisburg) -- Democrats in Pennsylvania have gone with their party establishment's choice for a U.S. Senate candidate and rejected an ex-congressman who six years ago nearly won the office.

Katie McGinty is a former state and federal environmental policy official who got millions in dollars from the party to run her campaign. She also received the endorsements of top Democrats from President Barack Obama on down.

She defeated second-time candidate Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral the party didn't consider a team player. Two other candidates finished far behind in Tuesday's voting.

McGinty will challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in the November election. Toomey was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

This is McGinty's second run for statewide office. She finished last in a four-way gubernatorial primary in 2014.

The fall contest could tilt control of the Senate.

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