Ahead of next year’s midterm congressional races, one open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania is expected to be among the most competitive in the nation.
Recent reports, however, show that Democrats expected to make a run for the position — including U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) — continue to drop out of the race.
“After talking a lot with my family”
As Breitbart reported, Dean announced this week that she has ended her bid to focus on pursuing her remaining goals in the lower chamber.
The announcement was initially reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, following the revelation last week by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) that she would no longer be vying for the Senate seat.
In her statement to the newspaper, Dean said: “After talking a lot with my family, with my team with my political side, I’ve decided I won’t be running for Senate for now.”
Noting that she has a fourth grandchild on the way, she went on to note that she is dropping out of the race in part to spend more time with her family.
Dean appeared to double down on her ambitions as a congresswoman, however, including a desire to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. She currently serves on the judiciary panel.
“So much to accomplish”
“There is so much to accomplish in the Congress right now — from fully implementing the American Rescue Plan to passing the American Jobs Plan; to fully recovering from the pandemic, to fortifying our democracy; and expanding our majorities in both the House and Senate,” Dean said.
She further pledged to continue pushing forward on “bold and humane” legislative proposals that are personally important to her, including on issues of gun violence, opioid abuse, and climate change.
Although she offered a variety of reasons for her decision, some reports indicated that her prospects of winning the Senate race were slim. Notably, she only managed to raise about $575,000 by the end of March.
Her exit from the race could help clear the way for another Democrat to win the race, however, as party leaders had expressed concerns about a crowded primary race playing to the GOP’s benefit.
Now, Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) appears to be the center of focus after asking for campaign contributions in anticipation of an expected formal announcement that he will be running for the seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).