Two prominent gun-control activists, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, have endorsed Pennsylvania Freshman Republican Senator Pat Toomey. Bloomberg’s political action committee even poured $4 million into Pennsylvania in recent weeks — primarily for TV ads — to support Toomey.
Toomey’s gamble — separating himself from his party and Trump — is drawing help from unlikely quarters for a Republican once endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
Toomey, who also has separated himself from most of his GOP Senate colleagues by refusing to endorse Donald Trump, is facing questions from skeptical Republicans over his votes to expand background checks and prevent gun purchases by Americans on the No Fly list, as he campaigns in a state where Hillary Clinton leads Trump in polls by 10 points in the presidential race.
Polls show the race is virtually tied, and the winner of the Nov. 8 election could tip control of the U.S. Senate.