The war in Ukraine, abortion and strengthening democratic institutions were among the topics.
Democratic candidates for Senate including U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman debated without inviting the only woman candidate, Alex Khalil.
Leading in the polls, Fetterman was grilled about a 2013 incident in which he confronted a Black man with a shotgun.
Attention focused on a candidate not in attendance — Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
Four of the 5 candidates participated in the 1st major debate of the Democratic primary.