PITTSBURGH, PA – Former President Donald Trump has backed Republican Sean Parnell, Fox News contributor, U.S. Army veteran and author, for the next vacancy in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate.
Parnell, from a suburb of Pittsburgh, “will make Pennsylvania very proud and fight for election integrity, strong borders, our Second Amendment, power bobs and more,” Trump said in a statement posted online. . “Sean Parnell will always put America first. He has my full and total support!”
Outgoing Republican Senator Pat Toomey is not seeking re-election next year. With control of the Senate possibly depending on whoever is elected as its successor, the Senate campaign is expected to be one of the most competitive and closely watched races in the country.
The importance of the endorsement of the former president remains to be seen. Trump backed Parnell’s bid for a US House seat last year, but Parnell lost to Democrat Conor Lamb, who is also running for the Senate seat.
In addition to Lamb, other Democrats in the race include Governor John Fetterman, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia.
Besides Parnell, a resident of Ohio Township, other contenders for the Republican nomination include Lower Merion real estate developer Jeff Bartos; Conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, Philadelphia lobbyist Craig Snyder and Carla Sands, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Denmark.
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