US Senate candidates blitz state

ASSOCIATED PRESS Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey speaks to a small crowd of GOP loyalists in a Harrisburg-area hotel on the final day of campaigning before Pennsylvanians decide between him and Democrat Katie McGinty on Monday in New Cumberland. The contest is the most expensive U.S. Senate race ever, and the outcome of the election could tip control of the chamber next year.

NEW CUMBERLAND (AP) — The candidates in Pennsylvania’s down-to-the-wire U.S. Senate race crossed the state on the last day of campaigning before the election in a contest that could determine whether Republicans keep their majority in the chamber.

The race between Democrat Katie McGinty and Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey now is regarded as the nation’s most expensive Senate campaign ever, with spending on it passing $160 million since the beginning of last year.

Toomey flew to campaign stops around the state Monday, while McGinty spoke at a rally at the University of Pittsburgh for party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Toomey, who compiled one of the most conservative voting records in Congress, is one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents. McGinty, who served in Bill Clinton’s White House, was recruited by national Democrats to run against Toomey.

Toomey is a fierce critic of Clinton, but he also has been critical of Trump. He has not campaigned with his party’s presidential nominee, mentioned him in his speeches or said whether he will vote for him. But he also has not entirely rejected Trump, and McGinty has sought to make Toomey’s middle-of-the-road position on Trump a major campaign issue.

Political strategists say the result of the Clinton-Trump contest in Pennsylvania will have the biggest impact on the Toomey-McGinty race, since most