February 25, 2016

Katie McGinty Continues To Lose With Pennsylvania Voters

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows that, despite having the entire Democratic Party establishment behind her, little has changed for Katie McGinty since she finished dead last in her run for governor in 2014:

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County leads with 21 percent for the Democratic primary to challenge Sen. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh County Republican seeking a second term. Sestak lost to Toomey in the 2010 general election. 

Katie McGinty, a Philadelphia native and Gov. Wolf’s former chief of staff, had 12 percent, while Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had 8 percent.

Not only has McGinty not improved her numbers since August, she’s actually down a point from the last Franklin and Marshall poll conducted in late January, which had her at 13 percent.

McGinty’s underperformance is stunning given that she’s racked up dozens of endorsements from leading Democrats and has the backing of the vast majority of liberal special interest groups, like the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, and EMILY’s List. It’s also embarrassing for the establishment Democrats in Philadelphia and Washington, like former governor Ed Rendell, who aggressively recruited McGinty to run.

Her stubbornly low numbers may explain why Rendell was pleading with outside groups to spend money to boost McGinty in an interview published just days ago.

To be fair, McGinty’s 12 percent showing is four points higher than the eight percent of Pennsylvania Democrats who supported her failed bid for governor.