Pennsylvania voters go to polls today

Glen Norman
May 15, 2018

Also at the federal level, county voters will select party nominees for Pennsylvania's new 16th Congressional District, which includes all of Crawford County.

The 7th Congressional District morphed from one Trump carried by eight points to an area that Clinton won by one point, and GOP Rep. Charlie Dent has resigned, leaving the Lehigh Valley seat vacant.

This is the first election to use a new congressional district map ordered by the state Supreme Court earlier this year, which observers say may confuse some voters. Bob Casey unopposed in his bid for his party's nomination. Voters who identify as Democrats also outnumber their Republican counterparts by more than 9 percentage points.

Polls open: 7 8 p.m.

Of the city's more than 1 million registered voters, more than 796,000 are registered Democrats, while GOP registration remains at almost 117,000; those with neither Democrat or Republican registration number at almost 118,000.

Spending in the hotly contested gubernatorial primary has passed $20 million. The victor of the GOP primary will run in the fall against U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the only Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation. Three Republicans, Allegheny County lawyer Laura Ellsworth, Allegheny County businessman Paul Mango and York County state senator and businessman Scott Wagner, run for right to challenge Wolf in the General Election.

U.S. Sen. Robert Casey is unopposed for the Democratic nomination, while two Republicans, state Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Luzerne County, are seeking the GOP U.S. Senate nomination.

On the Democratic side, Mike Stack, the current lieutenant governor, is being challenged by Kathi Cozzone, a county commissioner from Chester County, John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock in Allegheny County, Ray Sosa, a businessman from Montgomery County and Nina Ahmad, a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia County.

Republicans will choose from five candidates: Kathleen Ann Coder, Jeffrey Bartos, Marguerite Luksik, and Diana Irey Vaughan. The fight for control of the Senate is being played in Republican turf, meaning Democrats face an uphill climb to win a majority. The messy Democratic primary showcases the competing factions in the party as it tries to flip such districts. Comer, Guthrie and Massie are unopposed in the primary.

But the best-known candidate nationally is U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and before that a tea party stalwart.

Evans, a one-term congressman representing the old 2nd District, was moved to the 3rd District.

Wallace hasn't lived full-time in the Bucks County-based district in decades, and has more ties to suburban Washington, D.C., and South Africa as of late. Republicans are picking their slate of candidates for the first general election since their party took charge of the House after almost a century of Democratic control. Thousands of teachers and their supporters rallied at the state Capitol this year to oppose changes to public pension systems, push for greater education funding and denounce derogatory comments from Republican Gov. Bevin.

Voters will see three ballot questions on Tuesday. If the home rule referendum passes, the borough will create a home rule study commission that could recommend a charter that would replace the state borough code.

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