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Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., Pennsylvania Democrat, has plenty to smile about as re-election season approaches. Mr. Casey thus far has no Republican challenger to beat next year when he seeks a second six-year term as Pennsylvania's now-senior U.S. senator. (Associated Press)

Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., Pennsylvania Democrat, has plenty to smile about as re-election season approaches. Mr. Casey thus far has no Republican challenger to beat next year when he seeks a second six-year term as Pennsylvania's now-senior U.S. senator. (Associated Press)

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