EMILY’s List, the progressive group that backs women running for public office, on Monday threw its support behind Val Arkoosh in the Democratic primary to replace retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.).
“Pennsylvania, like much of the country, is at a critical moment — from the continued health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to national debates on how best to address systemic racism and climate change,” Emily Cain, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.
“If we want to continue making progress, we must expand our Democratic majority in the Senate with strong women leaders like Val, who will fight every day to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians, and EMILY’s List is proud to stand with her.”
The endorsement from EMILY’s List is a crucial one for Arkoosh, a Montgomery County commissioner and the only prominent woman seeking the Democratic Senate nomination in Pennsylvania.
The group previously backed Democrat Katie McGinty in her 2016 Senate bid in Pennsylvania, spending nearly $6 million to boost her campaign, including nearly $2 million in the primary.
The field could continue to grow. Rep. Connor Lamb (D-Pa.) is believed to be nearing a Senate bid, as well.
The Pennsylvania Senate race is almost certain to be among the most competitive of the 2022 election cycle and offers Democrats one of their best chances to expand their ultra-narrow majority in the upper chamber.