Katie McGinty gets on biggest stage in Pa. U.S. Senate race

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 28, 2016 3:58 AM

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

(Philadelphia) -- Democratic Party officials are giving Katie McGinty another big gift, in addition to millions of dollars in campaign help.

When she speaks this evening at the Democratic National Convention in her native Philadelphia, she'll be one of only two U.S. Senate candidates to get such a high-profile speaking slot.

She's the party's nominee in Pennsylvania to challenge first-term Republican Senator Pat Toomey in the November election as Democrats try to wrestle away control of the chamber.

Illinois' Tammy Duckworth also is speaking tonight.

It's likely McGinty's biggest stage, with millions watching on TV and thousands more on hand in the Wells Fargo Center.

It's also a marked contrast with Toomey.

He skipped last week's Republican National Convention, saying he preferred to use the time to campaign in Pennsylvania.

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