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2022 U.S. Senate Race in Pa.: Who are the Candidates Running?

More than 30 candidates initially filed to run for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2022. After much jockeying and mulling over potential runs, the field is finally settled ahead of the May 17 primary. Here's a list of all the candidates.

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EDITOR'S NOTE (March 16, 2022): This story has been updated to reflect the candidates who filed petitions to run in the May 17 primary. For a comprehensive look at candidates running in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial and congressional races, click here.

The dust has settled in the monthslong quest by both major political parties searching for the right candidates to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania on this year's ballots.

Current Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's decision to resign rather than run for a third six-year term left both parties scrambling for a replacement to fill an elected office that could ultimately decide who controls Congress for the last two years of President Joe Biden's first term.

Dozens of candidates initially filed to run, but only 12 Democratic and Republican candidates submitted petitions to be on May 17 primary ballots. Here's a brief rundown of all the candidates (their campaign websites are linked below and anyone crossed out has suspended their campaign or dropped out).

Who are the PA Senate Race Candidates?

John Fetterman (Democrat): Former mayor of Braddock, a city in western Pennsylvania, and the current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania

NBC10's Lauren Mayk gets answers to questions about Democratic Candidate for US Senate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Conor Lamb (Democrat): A second-term congressman who represents a portion of Pittsburgh and the city's surrounding northwestern suburbs

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat who represents a congressional district northwest of Pittsburgh, is running for U.S. Senate this year. He talked with NBC10 reporter Lauren Mayk about why he deserves to be elected.

Malcolm Kenyatta (Democrat): A state representative from Philadelphia

Malcolm Kenyatta, who represents Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House, is running for the open U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania. NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke to him about why he deserves to be elected.

David McCormick (Republican): A former CEO of one of the world's largest hedge funds who graduated from West Point and served nine years in the Army after growing up in Bloomsburg

Dave McCormick, a former hedge-fund executive, is running as a republican for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.

Kathy Barnette (Republican): A businesswoman who lives in Montgomery County and has frequently appeared on Fox News as a commentator

Political commentator Kathy Barnette says that as a Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, she would work to open up oil drilling on federal land. Present at the Capitol riot, she takes exception at rioters being called insurrectionists.

Carla Sands (Republican): A central Pennsylvania native from the town of Mechanicsburg who served as an ambassador to Denmark during the Trump administration

George Bochetto (Republican): A Philadelphia defense attorney who made headlines for suing the city over its boxing-up of a statue of Christopher Columbus in South Philly

Jeff Bartos (Republican): A businessman from Montgomery County who previously ran for lieutenant governor

Montgomery County real estate investor Jeff Bartos spoke with NBC10 political reporter Lauren Mayk about why he should be the Republican nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania in 2022.

Mehmet Oz (Republican): A TV celebrity doctor who rose to fame as a frequent guest on Oprah Winfrey's show

Val Arkoosh (Democrat): A medical doctor and current chairwoman of the Montgomery County Commissioners

Sean Gale (Republican): A lawyer from Montgomery County whose older brother, Joe, is a Montgomery County Commissioner running for governor

David Xu (Republican): An Army veteran of 30 years, Xu promises to "continue with the Trump agenda."

Kevin Baumlin (Democrat)

Alexandria Khalil (Democrat)

Everett Stern (Republican)

Bobby Jeffries (Republican)

John McGuigan (Democrat)

Martin Rosenfeld (Republican)

Kyle Norton (Democrat)

Ronald Johnson (Republican)

Lew Tapera (Democrat)

John Debellis (Republican)

Kael Dougherty (Democrat)

Walter Sluzynsky (Democrat)

Max Richardson (Republican)

Larry Johnson (Democrat)

John Eichenberg (Republican)

Erik Chase Gerhardt (Libertarian)

Alan Shank (Democrat)

Richard Mulholland (Republican)

What are the odds for candidates running in the election?

There have been very few public polls conducted on the Senate race in Pennsylvania, so far, with the field so unsettled until January. Two national organizations that track and rate statewide elections describe Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race as a "toss-up," meaning its any candidate's to win.

When Is the Deadline to Register to Vote in PA's May 2022 Primary? What Is the Last Day to Apply for a Mail-in Ballot?

The last day to register to vote before the May 17 primary is May 2. To vote for specific candidates of a party, you must register as a member of that party. However, independent voters can still vote on ballot questions, of which there are expected to be many this year.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 10.

Here is a list of all the important dates that voters should be aware of in 2022.

When Are the Primary and General Elections in 2022 in PA?

The primary election in Pennsylvania is May 17. The general election is Nov. 8.

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