‘Most Conservative Candidate Who Can Win’ in Pennsylvania
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Sen. Ted Cruz hit the campaign trail on behalf of Republican David McCormick in the final few days of the primary race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Cruz, a high-energy force on the trail, has been rallying with McCormick across the state, from Carnegie in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday to Lancaster on Friday, as he urges voters to turn out for McCormick on primary day, which takes place on Tuesday.

Cruz said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that McCormick is the “most conservative candidate who can win” in a general election in the Keystone State.

HARLEYSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 12: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (Center R) and fellow Republican, senate candidate Dave McCormick embrace at a campaign event at Leddy’s Pub on May 12, 2022 in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Cruz joined the former hedge fund executive McCormick for the event ahead of the May 17 primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and fellow Republican senate candidate Dave McCormick embrace at a campaign event at Leddy’s Pub on May 12, 2022, in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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McCormick campaign

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McCormick campaign

McCormick, a military veteran and former hedge fund CEO who grew up in Pennsylvania, is in a tight three-way battle against Dr. Mehmet Oz and Kathy Barnette in the Republican primary, according to the most recent polls.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Oz, who shares Trump’s celebrity TV background. Trump on Thursday also warned against voting for Barnette, who the former president believes “will never be able to win the General Election” against the likely Democrat candidate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

McCormick has picked up several high-profile endorsements of his own, including from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik, former Trump trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer, former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Cruz.

Decorated military veteran Sean Parnell, whom Trump previously endorsed in the primary before he had to drop out because of an ongoing custody battle, threw his weight behind McCormick as well.

McCormick shared photos and a clip on social media Thursday of Parnell and Cruz stumping for him to local crowds:

In a sign of campaign momentum, McCormick has also revealed several recent endorsements jumping on board his campaign this past week, including from Pennsylvania congressmen Reps. G.T. Thompson and Dan Meuser, Bloomsburg Police Chief Ray Klingler, Jim Thorpe Mayor Mike Sofranko, and others.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s report on the Carnegie rally with Cruz was featured as a leading story on its front page Friday morning.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(front page, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“We need to back a candidate who, number one, can win — and Dave McCormick can win and he will win,” Cruz told the 150-plus person crowd at the rally, per the outlet. “But number two, we need a candidate whom we know what they’re going to do, not just because they said it on the campaign trail, but because they have a lifetime of walking behind it.”

Write to Ashley Oliver at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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