Putting Pennsylvania in play

As Pennsylvania goes, so goes the nation. It’s been true since the 2016 presidential election, and this emerging battleground figures to be decisive again this November.

With the Senate split 50-50 and under nominal Democratic control thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote, the race to replace retiring two-term Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) could determine the majority. The governorship is also opening up as Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat with anemic job approval ratings, departs after two terms.

The winners of these contests could have national implications beyond Congress next year. Each party would like to be in charge of Pennsylvania when the 2024 presidential
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