Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

Today's election ballot filled with choices

Today's election ballot filled with choices

In the Republican primary, the GOP will select a candidate to run against Gov. Tom Wolf in November, in addition to assorted state and federal races, while Democrats will be voting on nominees to potentially send to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

Republican voters will choose either Jim Christiana of Beaver County or Lou Barletta, of Hazleton, to advance to the fall showdown against Democratic incumbent Bob Casey Jr. of Lackawanna County, for one of the two U.S. Senate seats representing Pennsylvania.

"Register today, and seize your opportunity to vote in the upcoming election", Padilla added.

Also on the ballot will be candidates for the state Democratic and Republican committees from each county.

The two districts have been without representation since late December, when Gov. Scott Walker appointed incumbents Frank Lasee and Keith Ripp, both Republicans, to posts in his administration.

EMILY's List, which supports women candidates who back abortion rights, has endorsed five women running for office in Pennsylvania this cycle, including Houlahan and Reddick. All told, there are 84 candidates on primary ballots, the most since 1984, and there are seven open seats, the most since 1976, when Pennsylvania had 25 seats in the U.S. House.


In the 18th district, Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle is being challenged by fellow Democrat Janis Brooks.

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. They will find out who their Democratic opponents will be after Tuesday's primary. Republican Rep. Harry Lewis Jr., who now represents the 74th District, is not seeking re-election.

In the 26th District, Pam Hacker is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary; Rep. Tim Hennessey is running unopposed in the Republican Primary. If you voted in the Republican primary, you can only vote in the Republican runoff, and vice versa. Republican outside groups have already reserved millions in Philadelphia, a sign they're bracing for a cash onslaught.

A recent public poll found all three leading their possible GOP foes, with Morganelli, possibly due to his high name identification, with the widest lead.

2,133 (57% of the requesting population) have asked for Republican ballots and 1,586 (43% of the requesting population) have asked for Democrat ballots. "When there's only one candidate, a lot of people leave it blank".

Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m., and elections officials emphasize that the redistricting decision did not change the polling places where anyone in the state will be voting.

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