Pat Toomey Wins U.S. Senate Race

Sen. Patrick Toomey, speaks to reporters outside his office in Washington on April 12, 2016.

Sen. Patrick Toomey, speaks to reporters outside his office in Washington on April 12, 2016.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has fought off a challenge from Katie McGinty and will return to the U.S. Senate for a second term, according to the Associated Press. As of 1:15 a.m., with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Toomey was up 2,797,095 votes to McGinty’s 2,710,775.

Toomey, who served in the U.S. House of Representative from 1999 to 2005, won his Senate seat in 2010 with a narrow victory over Democrat Joe Sestak. This year, the Democratic Party poured everything it had into McGinty’s campaign, helping her beat two opponents in the primary and making the Pennsylvania race one of the most closely watched — and most expensive — in the country. Toomey’s win will be a major relief for Republicans. Read more »

Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election

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Happy Election Day, Philadelphia! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The most important presidential race in modern memory is today. There are also lots of other candidates on the ballot who could change your life for better or worse. Pennsylvania is home to one of the most important U.S. Senate elections in the country. The state will elect its top law-enforcement official, and decide whether the Republican Party has a veto-proof majority in the state Senate. If you don’t know anything about those races — or where your polling place is, or whom to call if you have trouble voting — don’t worry. We’ve got all that and more covered below. Read more »

The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2016 Philadelphia Presidential Election

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Clockwise: Josh Shapiro, Hillary Clinton, Pat Toomey, John Rafferty, Donald Trump and Katie McGinty. | Photos by the AP, Donald Derosa under a Creative Commons license, Wikimedia Commons and via Rafferty.

Only two days left.

The most unbelievable election of our lifetimes is, mercifully, coming to an end. The vast majority of you know whether you’re voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. (To those of you who don’t, we have a simple message: ?!?!?!?!) But even political junkies have found it difficult to focus on anything outside of the Black Mirror episode we’re currently inhabiting, er, the presidential race. Worry not. We’ve studied the other elections in Philadelphia so that you don’t have to. They include a Senate race that could determine whether the ninth seat on the Supreme Court stays open, a battle to replace Kathleen Kane, and lots of legislative campaigns. You’ll also be asked a ballot question that’s pretty darn shady.

This is not your typical voter’s guide: It’s the straight-up honest truth about each of the candidates’ pros and cons. Here are your choices.

The offices:

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LGBTQ Event of the Week: Liberty City LGBTQ Bar Crawl

Liberty City will be starting the crawl on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at Knock and moving approximately every half hour to other Gayborhood bars.

Liberty City will be starting the crawl on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at Knock and moving approximately every half hour to other Gayborhood bars.

For its star-studded appeal and booze-worthy politics, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Liberty City Democratic Club’s LGBT Bar Tour. In what looks like a promising Gayborhood tradition, the prolific get-out-the-vote election bar crawl will have former governor Ed Rendell hitting the tap with candidates like U.S. Senate hopeful Katie McGinty and other Liberty City–endorsed candidates. But it’s not just politics as usual over cocktails as celebrity special guests Debra Messing and Cyndi Lauper will be joining the party as well. The pub crawl begins on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. at Knock (225 South 12th Street) with 30-minutes stops at Tabu, UBar, Tavern on Camac, Woodys, and Boxers along the way. Read more »

Toomey and McGinty Stick to Their Scripts in First Debate

Katie McGinty, Pat Toomey

Left: Katie McGinty photo by Donald Derosa, used under a Creative Commons license. Right: Pat Toomey, Official Portrait

It usually isn’t very fun to watch political debates, mostly because of how predictable they are. Even in the most informal settings, you have two candidates who are dead set on conveying the message they want to convey — the same one that they’ve been repeating throughout their entire campaigns — no matter what the questions are. And you know that you’re going to spend an hour or two watching two human beings disagree with each other without hearing anything very revealing.

Monday’s debate in Pittsburgh between Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty was more or less predictable in those ways. Of course, compared to the overwhelming sense of dread and impending obscenity that characterized the last presidential debate, watching it felt like enjoying a light conversation over breakfast with friends. Read more »

McGinty Slams Toomey Again Over Wall Street Ties. Will It Win Her Swing Voters?

Katie McGinty, Pat Toomey

Left: Katie McGinty photo by Donald Derosa, used under a Creative Commons license. Right: Pat Toomey, Official Portrait

Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty held a conference call with reporters Friday morning to criticize incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, after Politico reported that he owned shares in a bank that engaged in an uncommon mortgage foreclosure practice while he served on the Senate’s banking committee.

Toomey co-founded the bank in question, Team Capital Bank, in 2005, and owned between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in shares while he was on the committee from 2010 to 2014, according to the report. In 2013, the bank was sold to Provident Bank, in which Toomey still owns shares. (The Politico story is behind a paywall, but McGinty’s campaign, well, de-paywalled it.)

The Web site reported that there doesn’t appear to be anything illegal about either Toomey’s ownership of shares or the said banking practice, which allowed the bank to foreclose on homes used as collateral by business owners with little notice to the owner. The actions also apparently don’t violate Senate ethics rules. So the report isn’t truly a bombshell. And yet McGinty’s campaign is looking to make hay.

“Today’s story really removes all doubt about where the senator’s loyalties and interests are,” McGinty said this morning. Also on Friday, the Democratic Senate Majority PAC released a TV ad attacking Toomey on financial policy and referring to the Politico story.

Going into the homestretch, will hammering on Toomey’s ties to the banking industry be a winning strategy? Read more »

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