The race for the Republican nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania is Sean Parnell’s to lose after snagging an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
Trump chose the Army combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan over loyalist Carla Sands, a former ambassador in his administration and generous campaign contributor. The former president also chose Parnell over one of his leading grassroots supporters, Kathy Barnette, who is black and running under the slogan: “Pennsylvania First. America First.”
In doing so, Trump staked Parnell a big lead in the 2022 primary campaign and transformed the rest of the field into also-rans.
“Trump’s endorsement undoubtedly makes Parnell the undisputed front-runner,” said Jeffrey Brauer, a political science professor at Keystone College in Pennsylvania. “He will likely win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.”
“The president’s endorsement of Sean Parnell should provide a gust of wind in his sails,” added Sam DeMarco, chairman of the Allegheny County GOP, Parnell’s home county.