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McGinty gets little crowd response on DNC stage

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 29, 2016 1:02 AM
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Senate candidate Katie McGinty, D-Pa., waves to delegates before speaking during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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

She spoke Thursday evening at the Democratic National Convention in her native Philadelphia, as 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.

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

However, there was little, if any, crowd engagement as McGinty spoke, and much of her speech was a rehash of foundational campaign talking points.

Still, it was a marked contrast with the first-term Toomey, who skipped last week's Republican National Convention and remains skeptical of the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

At a meet-and-greet campaign event in Carlisle on last night, Toomey faced blunt questions from voters about why he won't endorse Trump.

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