What to Watch for in Tonight's Pennsylvania Primaries

Democratic 2nd District House candidate Kara Eastman is hugged by her campaign manager Ben Onkka in Omaha Neb. Tuesday

What to Watch for in Tonight's Pennsylvania Primaries

A Homeland Security official has met with Pennsylvania officials to discuss election security as voters choose Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen.

Despite a threat of rain and reports of low turn-out, candidates left no stone unturned and no hand un-shook as they canvassed for votes. He lost to state Sen. Deb Fischer is heavily favored to win reelection in November.

Pennsylvania voters will select candidates for their new congressional maps for the first time.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive congressional seats on the table in Pennsylvania, one of four states that voted on Tuesday. Their odds in the state have been boosted by Republican retirements and resignations in suburban districts and a court-ordered redistricting that made several seats more favorable for Democrats. Instead, he focused his attacks on the candidate he is looking to unseat in the fall, two-term Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and claimed the progressive mantle, but he finished in third place.

And, finally, would Tuesday's election, indeed, turn out to be the year of the woman that many observers predicted?

A former health care systems consultant in Pennsylvania's hotly contested Republican primary for governor says he's feeling "very good" and is getting ready for what he predicts will be a victory party.

Besides Scanlon, they included teacher and environmental advocate Lawrence Arata of Haverford; state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164 of Upper Darby; Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland; former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Labor Rich Lazer; American Association for Cancer Research trustee Lindy Li of Lower Merion; former U.S. Assistant Attorney Ashley Lunkenheimer of Upper Providence; scientist Molly Sheehan of Philadelphia; state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166 of Haverford; and entrepreneur Theresa Wright of Norristown.

"The thing to look at.is where the enthusiasm is, and where it is against", said Dan Fee, a Democratic consultant from Philadelphia.

Democrats, meanwhile, had a wider ideological split in some races, most notably in the Lehigh Valley's Seventh District, which had something for almost every slice of the party.

A perennial battleground state, Pennsylvania also faces a governor's race and a Senate contest that Democratic incumbents are favored to win but could become competitive.

But, Borick was quick to add, that support could come back to bite Republicans in this fall's general election campaign.

Democratic Party leaders have seen the candidates they think are strongest win out in earlier primary states like Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

In the gubernatorial race, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts handily won the party's nomination to seek a second four-year term.

In a trio of key congressional contests in the Philadelphia suburbs that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, Democratic candidates emerged well-positioned for the fall.

The DCCC hopes Nebraska Democrats pick former Rep. Brad Ashford to take on GOP Rep. Don Bacon in the purple Omaha-based 2nd District. He will face Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in November. That has resulted in a crowded Democratic primary field, where a former school board member named Mary Gay Scanlon has emerged as the favorite.

Whichever Democrat wins will have to work to get the party fully behind him or her to face the GOP nominee - either Lehigh County Commission Chair Marty Nothstein, a former Olympic gold medalist in cycling, or former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning. Wallace will face vulnerable Republican incumbent Representative Brian Fitzpatrick.

The seat went vacant with this spring's abrupt retirement announcement by GOP U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, who'd grown exhausted of Trumpian chaos in Washington.

At least one of the women Pennsylvania might send to Congress could be in the top-targeted 7th Congressional District, where former Allentown solicitor Susan Wild won the Democratic primary. EMILY's List, which backed Wild, and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's NextGen America both went on the attack against Morganelli.

Morganelli told The Call he phoned Wild to congratulate her on an apparent victory around 10:35 p.m. on Tuesday night, the newspaper reported.

In the Republican race for the 9th Congressional District, during the campaign, Halcovage pointed to the fact his opponents were not as familiar with Schuylikill County or the 9th District as he is. He's running against Guy Reschenthaler for the GOP nomination in the deep-red western Pennsylvania district. Guy Reschenthaler. Politico reported that former Rep. Tim Murphy - whose resignation past year amid a sex scandal prompted the March special election in the first place - worked to undermine Saccone's campaign. Lamb has opted to run in a different district near Pittsburgh that is less conservative.

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