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The Republican primary fight for an open GOP-held The Senate seat on Pennsylvania’s crucial battlefield just got even more turbulent.

The day after Sean Parnell, the alleged front-runner in the race who enjoysD Support for former President Donald Trump suspended his campaign after his three children lost a bitter battle to his estranged wife, with a GOP strategist associated with the Pennsylvania contest emphasizing that the news “definitely ruins the race.” It shakes. It gives a huge opening for someone to get up.”

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“I completely disagree with today’s decision and I am devastated by this decision. I plan to ask the court to reconsider this decision,” Parnell stressed in a statement Monday.

Trump-backed Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends 2022 campaign in Pennsylvania

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During her testimony at trial, Parnell’s estranged wife, Laurie Snell, accused him of physically and verbally abusing her and killing two of their three children. Parnell vehemently denied the allegations.

“In the order, the two major factors that heavily influenced the judge’s decision revolved around me being a major US Senate candidate. Nothing is more important to me than my children, and when I plan to ask the court to reconsider. I can’t continue with a Senate campaign. My focus is 100% on my kids right now, and I want them to know I have no other priority and I’ll never stop fighting for them ,” Parnell insisted.

With a year until midterm, Republicans predict they’ll win back the House and Senate

Parnell was one of nearly a dozen Republican candidates running in the 2022 midterm elections, retiring GOP Sen. Pat Tommy in a field that may soon gain more contenders. Seven Democrats are running for their party’s Senate nomination in Pennsylvania. The high-profile race could ultimately decide whether Democrats hold on to their razor-thin majority in the chamber.

“I think it was always a very open race and going forward it is wide open,” the GOP strategist, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more clearly, told Granthshala News. “Nobody has picked up, but you have some campaigns that are strong, running well and clearly in it for the long haul. And there are a whole host of candidates who are looking to run and everything for it. Some of them point to being very real.”

Two Republicans in the current region who appear to be in the running for the long haul are Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer and longtime GOP fundraiser who was a 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor, and Carla Sands, a business executive and Republican. was a donor. Served as the US ambassador to Denmark during the Trump administration.

Parnell’s exit from the primary fight makes it more likely that other high-profile GOP contenders will enter the race.

These include David McCormick, a hedge fund executive, West Point graduate, Gulf War veteran, and former President George W. Bush’s administration includes former Treasury Department officials. The Pittsburgh native is married to Wall Street executive Dina Powell McCormick, who served as deputy national security adviser in the Trump administration.

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The other potential contender to make headlines is Mehmet Oz, a celebrity physician known as Dr. Oz, who is already gathering potential campaign staff. Neither McCormick nor Oz are currently registered to vote in Keystone State, McCormick is registered in Connecticut and Oz in New Jersey.

Dr. Oz attends the 2018 World Values ​​Network Champions of Jewish Values ​​Awards gala on March 8, 2018 in New York City.

Also Republicans considering a Senate run former Rep. Ryan Costello, who served two terms representing a district in the suburbs of Philadelphia before deciding to run for re-election in 2018, and former Rep. Keith Rothfuss, who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. did. After the state Supreme Court released new district maps in early 2018, Rothfus ran for re-election in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, losing to Democrat Conor Lamb, who is now running for his party’s Senate nomination. are.

Trump, who has been backing Parnell, made it clear Monday that he would weigh in again in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich tweeted, “#PASen remains a top priority for the President. It’s important to rally our movement behind Trump and the ’22 MAGA Map – Best America First Candidate.”