Two additional Pennsylvania residents have filed to run for the United States Senate.

Pennsylvania – In an effort to keep the Democratic majority in the very split senate and to support incumbent Senator Bob Casey's bid for a fourth term, two additional candidates for the United States Senate submitted paperwork to be included on the primary ballot in Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Republican Lancaster County resident Brandi Tomasetti and Democrat Allegheny County resident William Parker both met the court-mandated deadline for filing their respective paperwork.

Parker and Tomasetti both challenged the state election office's rejection of their papers in court, despite having filed it by the legally mandated deadline of February 13. The state withdrew its objections in court.

Joe Vodvarka, a retired spring manufacturer from the Pittsburgh area, is making his fifth bid for U.S. Senate, and second as a Republican. Other candidates who have previously filed include David McCormick, an ex-hedge fund CEO who is endorsed by the state Republican Party and who lost the 2022 GOP primary to Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Casey.

April 23 is the day of the primary election. In the last two years, Parker—who created an app for mobile vending—has lost the primary elections for both the executive of Allegheny County and the United States Congress.

As a first-time candidate, Tomasetti has experience working for the city administration. On March 5, a court hearing will be held to consider the challenges to Vodvarka's applications.

Next year, Pennsylvania's Senate candidates will run on a ticket with presidential candidates in a state that is pivotal to the Democrats' chances of retaining control of both houses of Congress. Casey comes from a long line of Democratic Party heavyweights in Pennsylvania; his father was the state's longest-ever serving senator and a two-term governor.

With extensive financial resources, influential business contacts, and the backing of large Republican contributors, 58-year-old McCormick was vigorously courted to run again by the party establishment.

In a year when Democrats face a challenging Senate map in 2024—requiring them to protect incumbents in both red and swing states—a battle between Casey and McCormick might be one of the most costly and keenly watched in the nation.

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