McCormick says he’s not planning to endorse anyone during GOP presidential primary

On a call with reporters Friday, the GOP candidate for Senate said he will support the party’s presidential nominee, whoever it is

By: - January 5, 2024 11:49 am

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate David McCormick speaks to supporters at the Indigo Hotel during a primary election night event on May 17, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

On a Friday morning call with reporters to discuss a recent trip to Israel, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick stopped short of endorsing a GOP candidate for president. 

“I’m running my race to be the senator from Pennsylvania,” McCormick said. “I’ll endorse our nominee, whoever that is.”

McCormick was asked by a reporter during the press call if he plans to endorse former President Donald Trump in the presidential primary and how he plans to work with Trump to boost Republican support on Election day in Pennsylvania. 

“I don’t plan on participating with any endorsement in the presidential primary,” he added. “And if it’s President Trump, I’ll work with him or whoever it is to try to make sure that we win the presidency, Republicans take back the White House, and that we win this critical seat in Pennsylvania.”

Trump is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican Party nomination for president and holds a strong lead in Pennsylvania Republican Party primary polls

As of Jan. 3, 19 current GOP U.S. Senators and at least 100 House Republicans have endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid for the White House, including over half of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party congressional delegation.

Even though no other Republicans have announced intentions to run against Democrat Bob Casey for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Trump has yet to endorse in the race. He’s endorsed candidates in other competitive U.S. Senate primaries, including in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia

McCormick has garnered widespread support from Republicans in Pennsylvania for his 2024 bid. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2022 in Pennsylvania, but lost in the primary to Mehmet Oz, falling less than 1,000 votes short. Oz was Trump’s endorsed candidate in that race.

Oz lost to Democrat John Fetterman in the 2022 general election. 

Although McCormick conceded to Oz after the bruising 2022 primary and formally endorsed and financially supported Oz’s candidacy against Fetterman that year, during Friday’s press call he praised Fetterman’s response to Israel, while criticizing Casey. 

Democrats currently hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, with several key races likely to tip the scales. The Cook Political Report currently rates the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania as “lean Democrat.”

“The stakes could not be higher,” McCormick said on Friday. “I think the Republican majority will depend on what happens in Pennsylvania.”

It appears probable that Casey and McCormick will face off in the November general election. Both state parties have formally endorsed their candidacies and neither appears likely to face a formidable primary challenger.

February 13 is the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions prior to Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary election.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.