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Election draws closer, attacks get more heated in PA Senate race

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 12, 2016 5:34 PM

McGinty has been using the GOP nominee's scandals to criticize her Senate race opponent, Toomey. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- The state is now inside 30 days until the election, and negative rhetoric seems to be heating up on virtually all levels of the ballot.

Democratic US Senate candidate Katie McGinty is ramping up attacks on Republican incumbent Pat Toomey.

With Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both at record-breaking levels of unpopularity, down-ticket candidates have turned to criticizing their opponents by simply comparing them to their party's presidential nominees.

That's what McGinty's been doing for months now.

With Trump contending with a slew of un-endorsements from top Republicans, she is saying that Toomey hasn't been clear enough on where he stands.

"This is not, 'who do you want to have for dog catcher.' This is president of the United States of America," she said. "I think a United States Senator should have an opinion on that and should be clear with voters."

Toomey hasn't endorsed Trump, but hasn't officially denounced him, either.

McGinty's newest attack is to accuse Toomey of aggressively trying to foreclose people's homes, while working at a bank he cofounded.

Toomey co-founded the bank in 2005, and it did engage in the aggressive foreclosures McGinty mentions. The practice is legal in Pennsylvania, though, and appears to be no evidence Toomey himself was involved.

His campaign called McGinty's charges "phony" and "desperate."

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