EMILY’s List Vows $1M to Back McGinty

Joe Sestak also getting PAC funding.

Businesswoman and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty has run a solid campaign, building a network and achieving fundraising success. But most important, she, unlike opponents Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord, stayed away from attacking Wolf. Given that, combined with Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s implosion and much of the Democratic establishment disliking former congressman Joe Sestak, watch for the articulate McGinty to quickly become the frontrunner against freshman Pat Toomey in 2016.

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EMILY’s List, the political action committee that supports pro-choice female Democratic candidates, said this week it will pump $1 million into Katie McGinty’s campaign.

McGinty is competing with former Congressman Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for the Democratic nomination, sandwiched between the two in most polls. The pledge comes as observers and rivals were questioning whether she’d have enough money on hand to mount a serious charge before the April 26 primary.

“Katie McGinty is a trailblazer who will fight day in and day out for Pennsylvania women and families,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in the announcement. “She is the best candidate to take on Pat Toomey in November and the extreme Republican obstructionism that he stands for. That’s why we are excited to help Katie break yet another glass ceiling and make her the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.”

The support from EMILY’s List will include purchase of TV advertising down the primary campaign stretch.

Sestak, too, is starting to draw support from political action committees: Politico reports Accountable Leadership, a new group, has purchased at least $225,000 worth of broadcast TV advertising in the state’s major media markets.

Politico also reports that a new survey by Harper Polling show incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, beating all three Democratic challengers in head-to-head matchups.