A Pennsylvania group that advocates tougher gun restrictions is endorsing Democrat Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate, after Republican incumbent Pat Toomey won endorsements from two national groups.
CeaseFire Pennsylvania said it believes McGinty will make gun-violence prevention “a cornerstone” of her work in Washington.
Polls show McGinty and Toomey in a neck-and-neck race that could help determine control of the U.S. Senate next year, and gun-control politics are a prominent issue in it.
Toomey voted to expand background checks on sales at gun shows and online. That helped draw endorsements from groups led by former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
CeaseFire Pennsylvania was critical of several other Toomey positions on firearms legislation, and noted that McGinty supports restrictions on “military-style assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.