New Face in Republican Senate Race

John D. Vernon throws his hat in the ring

Pennsylvania’s race for the GOP Senate nomination heated up a bit this morning when John D. Vernon officially announced his candidacy. Vernon is a 51-year-old retired Army colonel from North Central Pennsylvania. Steve Welch of Chester County is expected to announce his candidacy in the coming days as well. They’ll look to take on Senator Bob Casey whose popularity has not waned in recent polls despite the emergence of a number of challengers. [Inquirer]