Senate Republicans breathed a sigh of relief several weeks ago when Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano announced he was taking a pass on running for the Keystone State’s Senate seat. A forced birther MAGA extremist, he imploded last year as Republicans’ gubernatorial nominee. That makes the Senate GOP nomination path of hedge fund manager David McCormick, the Mitch McConnell wing’s preferred candidate, much more promising should he decide to run.
Senate Republicans have similar hopeful storylines in other target states as well. In Ohio, Rep. Warren Davidson, a Freedom Caucus right-winger, decided to sit out the ’24 Senate race, to the great relief of GOP recruiters. In West Virginia, McConnell successfully wooed his favored candidate, Gov. Jim Justice, into the race, though Justice still faces a bitter primary fight with the Club for Growth-backed Rep. Alex Mooney.
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