- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is about to officially announce he’s running for a second six-year term in next year’s election.

The freshman Republican has long said that he’s running, making the Sunday event at a suburban Philadelphia hotel a formality.

The 2016 Senate election in Pennsylvania promises to be expensive and closely watched, with control of the Senate on the line.

The 54-year-old Toomey lives in suburban Allentown and serves on the Finance, Banking and Budget committees.

The fiscal conservative won the office in 2010 on his second try, beating ex-Congressman Joe Sestak. In 2004, he narrowly lost the Republican nomination to Arlen Specter.

Toomey is so far unopposed for the Republican nomination. Sestak and fellow Democrat Katie McGinty are running for their party’s nomination to challenge Toomey.

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