Pennsylvania Voters Head To Polls For Primary Election


"Who am I voting for?' There are new districts that were drawn and that information is on our website", Debbie Olivieri, the county's director of elections.

The past year for which online results are available is 2006, and those results did not list candidates, only returns by precinct. Another 61 have asked for the nonpartisan ballot, containing only the judge races, bringing the total of early votes to 1,275 out of more than 50,000 eligible. But it's not clear the party will unite around the nominee who emerges Tuesday from a bruising primary in the Keystone State.

He's facing off against former Allentown city solicitor Susan Wild (D), who has more mainline Democratic views and who Democrats think would be a strong general election candidate as well, and Greg Edwards, an African American pastor backed by Bernie Sanders who strategists think doesn't have as good a chance on Tuesday. In the district, viewed as a tossup in the general election, candidates diverge on core Democratic Party issues, and it is driving the race.

The lack of competitive races, Simpson said, might have dampened interest in the election.

Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart expects around a 30 percent return for this election which is in line with similar primaries.

"The new lines "decimated" the GOP's dominance in southeastern Pennsylvania, and gave Democrats a boost in the part of the state where the opposition to Trump is centered", said Chris Nicholas, a Republican strategist. Under the old map, President Trump won the district by 8 percentage points in 2016; under the new map, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried it by 1 percentage point, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Stay tuned for more. We need to kick start our country into Politics 2.0., disrupt the corrupt system and put people before corporate profits.

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.

Ten Democrats are running in suburban Philadelphia's 5th District, where Rep. Patrick Meehan resigned last month amid allegations he sexually harassed a former employee and where Clinton also beat Trump.

"This is a slow change to maybe a different way of life in Porter County", he said.

Pennsylvania's redrawn congressional maps will be used for the first time Tuesday, when voters will cast ballots in the state's primary races. "Then the following Spring we had like 25% and that was not a lot".

Amy Lavalley is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.