Left to right: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as they unveiled their plan on background checks of gun purchasers.
Molly Riley /UPI /Landov
April 15, 2013 As the Senate prepares to vote on gun legislation, there are more mixed signals on what will be the fate of a bipartisan plan concerning background checks of gun purchasers.
The scene at a gun show in Alabama last month.
Joe Songer /AL.COM /Landov
April 10, 2013 Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have a plan that could get bipartisan support. It would close the so-called gun show loophole but allow friends and family members to trade guns without going through background checks.
November 3, 2010 Pat Toomey, a former Republican congressman, heads to the Senate after beating Democrat Joe Sestak. Toomey was also president of the conservative Club for Growth which favors a flat tax, Social Security privatization and school choice.
October 20, 2010 In Pennsylvania, the GOP so far has an advantage in absentee ballots requested and returned. That could offset the good news Democrats have received recently about the Rep. Joe Sestak closing in on Republican Pat Toomey's lead.
Republican Pat Toomey, left, and Democrat Joe Sestak, couldn't be further apart ideologically, political scientist G. Terry Madonna says. They're running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.
October 4, 2010 The party has a lot of money and is spending it "profusely" in the Keystone State, says Franklin & Marshall College political scientist G. Terry Madonna. Also, the Republican threat hasn't "crept up" on Democrats as it did in 1994.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/130330310/130330619" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
May 18, 2010 Big news in Pennsylvania, as Rep. Joe Sestak has ousted five-term Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary. Plus: Democrats hold onto John Murtha's House seat in the 12th District.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor