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Pennsylvania lieutenant governor to run for Senate seat being left open by GOP Sen. Toomey

Fetterman said he would "always be 100% Sedition-Free" if elected to the Senate.

John Fetterman
John Fetterman
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Updated: February 8, 2021 - 2:02pm

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Pennsylvania Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced Monday that he will run for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in the 2022 midterm election.

Fetterman filed to run for the seat last week but did not make a formal announcement at that time. He raised over $1 million on a campaign account after opening it in January.

"Talk is cheap, but for the past 20 years, I have been working to represent, rebuild, and to advance these places," Fetterman said in a video Monday. "It’s not rural versus urban, it's rural and urban. I’m going to fight not for one part of Pennsylvania, not for one party of Pennsylvania, but for one Pennsylvania. Just the way I did as mayor, just the way I’m doing as lieutenant governor, and just the way I would as your next U.S. senator."

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey recently said he will not seek a third term in 2022, leaving the seat open. 

In a tweet, Fetterman said he would "always be 100% Sedition-Free" if elected to the Senate, a critique of several GOP senators who objected to the certification of Electoral College votes that in January declared Democrat Joe Biden the next U.S. president. 

Fetterman lost the 2016 Democratic primary to Kathleen McGinty, who then lost to Toomey in the general election. Other Democrats possibly considering a bid for the open seat include state Sen. Sharif Street and Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb.