The McCormick-Casey Pennsylvania matchup lining up to be biggest Senate race in 2024

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David McCormick’s entrance to the Senate race this week sets the stage for what has the potential to be one of next year’s most important, bombastic, and expensive Senate races in the country.

The Republican businessman, who narrowly lost last year’s primary race to celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz, will make his announcement at the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday. With no other candidates in line to jump in a Republican primary, it is a move that, in all likelihood, will pit him against Sen. Bob Casey, the incumbent Democrat from Scranton who announced earlier this year he is seeking a fourth term.

Muhlenberg College political science professor Chris Borick said two things stand out about McCormick’ entrance in the race. First, unlike last year’s food fight of a GOP primary, the state party and the base has coalesced around McCormick pretty quickly. Second, in doing so (and again unlike last year), they have coalesced around a candidate who is the most electable.

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