Another Republican Passes on Casey Challenge

I'm just back from a camping trip to Paradox Lake, N.Y., and am catching up on emails and news that I missed while out of range of cellular networks and, for that matter, electricity.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr. continues to look even more like a bright spot for Democrats in 2012 as they struggle against an unkind map to keep control of the U.S. Senate, as another leading Republican decided not to challenge the freshman.

That's despite the recent GOP-red trends in the state, a putrid economy and Casey's close association with some of the Obama administration policies that have proved unpopular here. Top Republicans, led by state chairman Rob Gleason, continue to argue that the race is winnable, though the party has not been able to find a top-tier challenger to Casey, who is personally popular, polls say.

State Sen. Jake Corman (R.,Centre) has decided not to seek next year's Republican Senate nomination, he told last Friday (July 1).

"I gave it a lot of thought, and I just didn't feel it was the right time for me to enter a statewide race," Corman told the news site.

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