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Pennsylvania GOP U.S. Senate candidate McCormick endorses Trump for president

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
March 6, 2024

Republican U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick has endorsed former President Donald Trump’s 2024 bid for president.

McCormick announced his “strong endorsement” for Trump’s campaign in a social media post on Wednesday.

“Congratulations to President Trump on his victory. He has my strong endorsement and I look forward to him trouncing Joe Biden in PA and beyond on November 5. I’m excited to work with the President and his team to retire Biden and Bob Casey and get our country back on track!” McCormick wrote. 

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who is seeking a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, is a longtime ally of Biden and was one of the former Vice President’s early supporters during his 2020 run for the presidency. Casey is also supporting Biden’s 2024 reelection bid. 

Casey’s campaign sent out a fundraising email to supporters following the news of McCormick’s endorsement of Trump: “David McCormick has made it clear that if he wins this race, he’ll work with Trump on his extreme MAGA agenda.”

McCormick’s endorsement comes after a strong showing from Trump on Super Tuesday, and following the news that former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is suspending her campaign for the GOP nomination for president. 

Although Haley’s departure from the race means that Trump is the only remaining Republican candidate, she didn’t endorse him in her announcement on Wednesday. Although the two have been at odds recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support for Trump’s bid on Wednesday after the news that Haley suspended her campaign.

In January, McCormick said on a call with reporters that he wasn’t planning to endorse a candidate for president during the primaries, and would support the GOP’s eventual nominee, whoever it was. 

On Feb. 23, McCormick took his message to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He lauded Trump for his record on Israel and China during his appearance at the pro-Trump conservative gathering, but stopped short of announcing an endorsement of a candidate for president at that time.

During McCormick’s 2022 bid for U.S. Senate, he lost to Mehmet Oz by less than 1,000 votes. Trump endorsed Oz over McCormick in that race. 

McCormick is widely regarded as the clear frontrunner for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate in 2024, but he may not be the only Republican candidate on the April 23 primary ballot. 

Brandi Tomasetti and Joseph Vodvarka have both filed to run for the seat, although both are facing objections to their nomination petitions, which may result in them being removed from the ballot. 

Vodvarka’s case was scheduled to be heard on March 5, although it appears that case remains unresolved. Tomasetti’s case will be heard on March 8 and has accused McCormick’s campaign of being behind the objection to her petitions. 

Casey will be the only Democrat on the primary ballot for U.S. Senate after a successful objection against William Parker’s nomination petitions removed him from the ballot. 

The Cook Political Report rates the presidential race in Pennsylvania as a toss-up, while labeling the race for U.S. Senate as “lean Democratic.”

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