David McCormick launches campaign for Senate – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

PITTSBURGH- In a move that surprised exactly no one, David McCormick, who lost a bid for Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate nomination in 2022, will again seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, this time to challenge incumbent Democrat Bob Casey in 2024.

“Under the failed leadership of Joe Biden, America is in decline: Economically, militarily, spiritually,” McCormick told the audience at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. “I’m here to tell you tonight that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Pennsylvania, McCormick said, needs leadership. “We need leadership that can ensure that we have the opportunities that we deserve, to make the American dream available for every citizen of Pennsylvania.”

McCormick has been considered the most likely candidate to run against Casey, who is seeking reelection to a fourth term. He lost the 2022 GOP primary for Senate in Pennsylvania to Mehmet Oz, who lost in the general election to Democrat John Fetterman.

But since then, McCormick has been making moves that suggested he was considering another bid. He wrote a book titled “Superpower in Peril: A Battle Plan to Renew America,” that many pundits viewed as a literal battle plan, and started the political action committee Pennsylvania Rising this spring. Earlier this month, 100 Republicans wrote a public letter calling on McCormick to run again, and CNBC reported Thursday that McCormick was the guest of honor at a swanky August party in the Hamptons hosted by fashion designer Tory Burch, with several potential big-money donors in attendance. 

Democrats have been focusing heavily on McCormick’s residency status. McCormick grew up in Washington County, Pennsylvania and owns a home in Pittsburgh that he bought ahead of his 2022 campaign for Senate. But the Associated Press reported last month that he lists his Connecticut address on public documents. McCormick also has not received a residency homestead tax exemption on his house in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the AP reported.

Casey will likely prove to be  a tough, experienced opponent, who raised more than $4 million in the second quarter of this year alone, according to campaign finance records.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. 

Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Kim Lyons

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