Toomey's balancing act: Win over moderates, deal with Trump

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2016 3:32 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) -- Republican Senator Pat Toomey already had the political balancing act of winning over middle-of-the-road voters in his quest for a second term in Pennsylvania.

Now Toomey has another: distancing himself from Donald Trump.

Recently, Toomey has backed off his long-stated intent to back the eventual GOP presidential nominee.

Now he's laying out concerns he has about Trump and suggesting he may get to a point where he won't support him.

That's not being received warmly by Trump supporters and it may risk alienating them.

Pennsylvania's GOP chairman, Rob Gleason, says he expects no ill-effects for Toomey, either from his criticism of Trump or from Trump's divisiveness that has turned off many voters.

Toomey's contest against Democrat Katie McGinty in November is considered crucial in deciding control of the Senate.

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