Toomey victory aided by Trump wave, appeal to swing voters

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 10, 2016 7:25 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks to the media after voting at the Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Old Zionsville, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- Republican Senator Pat Toomey is going back to the U.S. Senate for a second term after defying a registration deficit in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania with the help of a wave of unexpected support for GOP President-elect Donald Trump.

He'd also made a carefully crafted appeal to suburban swing voters.

Toomey's two percentage-point victory over Democrat Katie McGinty also helped Republicans keep control of the Senate.

The fiscal hawk had been one of the most vulnerable Republican senators running for re-election.

The often-ugly race smashed U.S. Senate campaign finance records, with spending on it passing $160 million.

Toomey won by a slightly wider margin than Trump's 1 percentage-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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