In Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district, incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick is retiring. This is a competitive district in suburban Philadelphia where President Obama lost by just under 2 points. In the last election, we endorsed businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton for this seat, but she narrowly lost in the primary – by only 818 votes. She has just announced that she is running again, and we are wholeheartedly supporting her.
Also in Pennsylvania, former Representative Joe Sestak formally announced his campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Pat Toomey. He made his announcement in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was agreed to in Philadelphia. In 2010, he lost against Toomey by a mere 2 points. With greater Democratic turnout in a presidential year, most experts consider this rematch to be one of the top Senate races of 2016. He has embarked on a walk across the state of Pennsylvania – over 800 miles – to emphasize his call for accountable leadership.