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With a key race too close to call, here are 4 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

Five states held primary elections Tuesday.

They once again tested former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican side — with mixed results; President Biden looks to have suffered a loss with one of his endorsements; a key U.S. Senate race is too close to call; and a controversial congressman lost his bid for reelection.

The results are in — well, most of them. Here’s some of what they tell us:
1. Waiting on Pennsylvania

The headliner state was Pennsylvania, and especially the key Senate race there. In the GOP primary, Mehmet Oz — that’s celebrity TV doctor Dr. Oz — was pitted against David McCormick, a former hedge fund head who spent millions of his own money in the race, and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette.


Austin Davis and Carrie DelRosso will face off in the Pa. lieutenant governor’s race this fall

Two Pittsburgh-area candidates will face off in the lieutenant governor’s race this fall.

State Reps. Austin Davis, a Democrat from McKeesport, and Carrie DelRosso, a Republican from Oakmont, won their respective primaries Tuesday night.


Doug Mastriano wins GOP nomination for Pennsylvania governor

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano has emerged as the winner from a crowded Republican primary for governor, according to a race call from The Associated Press.

A retired Army colonel, Mastriano has risen to prominence espousing far-right views directly to a homegrown network of online supporters. He’s also known for his support of a lie that widespread election fraud led to former President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020. For that, Mastriano received Trump’s endorsement.


Pennsylvania Primary: Live Election Returns

See live election returns for Pennsylvania primary races from the Associated Press beginning after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 17.


When do polls open in Pa.? All the information you need for the Pa. primary 2022

To make sure you’re ready to vote on May 17, Spotlight PA answered some of your most frequently asked questions, like where and when can I vote and what to do with your mail ballot.


Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Senate hopeful, is recovering from a stroke

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, has suffered a stroke but is on his way to a “full recovery.” That’s according to a statement from the campaign on Sunday…


Take Note: WPSU talks with three gubernatorial candidates in the crowded Republican primary

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 17, and this year, voters will pick their nominee for governor. On the Democratic side, the race is not competitive. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only candidate on the ballot. But on the Republican side, eight candidates are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. There had been nine candidates, but Senate President Pro Tem Jake Corman announced Thursday he was dropping out of the race…


Pa. Election Day 2022: A complete guide to the May 17 primary, including how to vote, find your polling place, understand mail-in ballots, and more

More than a few things have changed since Pennsylvanians last went to the polls. Your congressional and legislative districts might be different, some counties are supervising or reducing drop boxes, and the mail-in voting law has been ruled unconstitutional — but, for now, it remains in effect and a valid form of voting.


Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor: A guide to the 2022 primary and candidates

What’s at stake : The lieutenant governor’s office doesn’t have a long list of official responsibilities, but the role’s gravity transcends its historically low profile (scandal and star power notwithstanding). In addition to refereeing the state Senate, the LG chairs the Board of Pardons and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The job also requires keeping tabs on local government agencies across the diverse, massive Keystone State…


Take Note: WPSU talks with three of the candidates running in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania governor

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 17, and this year, voters will pick their nominees for governor. On the Democratic side, the race is not competitive. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only candidate on the ballot. But on the Republican side, nine candidates are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. WPSU invited all of those candidates for interviews leading up to the primary. On this week’s Take Note, WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Charlie Gerow, Nche Zama and Jake Corman, starting with Charlie Gerow. Here are their conversations.


The Republican race for Pennsylvania governor: WPSU talks with Jake Corman

Nine Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor of Pennsylvania in the 2022 primary. The Democratic primary for Governor is not competitive. WPSU invited all the Republican candidates for interviews leading up to the May 17 primary. Here’s the conversation WPSU’s Anne Danahy had with Jake Corman.


The Republican race for Pennsylvania governor: WPSU talks with Nche Zama

The Democratic primary for Governor is not competitive in Pennsylvania this year. But nine Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. WPSU invited all those candidates for interviews leading up to the May 17th primary. Here’s the conversation WPSU’s Anne Danahy had with Nche Zama.


The Republican race for Pennsylvania governor: WPSU talks with Charlie Gerow

The Democratic primary for Governor is not competitive in Pennsylvania this year. But nine Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. WPSU invited all those candidates for interviews leading up to the May 17 primary. Here’s the conversation WPSU’s Anne Danahy had with Charlie Gerow.


Pa.’s GOP gubernatorial frontrunners want no abortion, no mail voting, and lots of fracking

No matter who wins Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary, the candidate will probably be someone who supports essentially outlawing abortion, getting rid of mail voting, dramatically expanding fracking, and slashing regulations on drillers and other industries.

Indeed, throughout an hour-long debate in Harrisburg on Wednesday — the first debate in which all the frontrunners shared a stage — the four candidates had few real policy disagreements.


Pa. Election Day 2022: Why independents can’t vote for candidates this May, and the push to change that

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states with a closed primary system. People who register without a party affiliation or with smaller third parties, such as the Green or the Libertarian Party, are unable to vote for Democratic or Republican candidates in the spring races that determine who runs in the general election.

Primary races can be especially important in areas where voters heavily favor one party as they essentially decides which candidate will win the position.

Nearly 1.3 million of the state’s 8.7 million registered voters are unaffiliated with the two major parties, a number that rose by nearly 10% between 2016 and 2020 — outpacing gains made by Democrats and Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons why Ballot PA — a coalition of civic and community organizations including Common Cause PA, the League of Women Voters, and the Committee of Seventy — has launched a campaign to open Pennsylvania’s closed primary system.


Lots of jabs, but few policy differences in first full GOP Pa. Senate debate

For the first time Monday night, all the major candidates in Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senate primary met for a debate.

And though the five candidates range widely in background, political experience, and connection to the commonwealth they want to represent in the Senate, they focused less on policy than on scoring points against one another.


Amid Trump-initiated turbulence in the Pa. governor race, Dave White makes his move

Going into the Republican primary for Pennsylvania governor, one of Dave White’s goals was “peaking at the right time.”

The former union steamfitter and Delaware County Council member, who owns a profitable HVAC company, has been self-funding his way to a respectable standing in polling of the crowded race. Most surveys have had him in third or fourth place in the field of nine, behind better-known politicians like State Sen. Doug Mastriano and former congressman Lou Barletta, and jockeying with former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain.

But after a tumultuous period that saw McSwain suffer an anti-endorsement from Donald Trump, White saw an opening.


Democratic candidates for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat put Fetterman on the hot seat

The May primary race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat is picking up speed. And Thursday, three Democratic candidates took part in a rapid-fire televised debate in Harrisburg that landed the perceived frontrunner on the hot seat.

Recent polling shows Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the lead for the Democratic nomination. But he was grilled about a 2013 incident when he was mayor of Braddock where he allegedly pointed a gun at an unarmed Black man he suspected of committing a crime.


Upcoming Elections May 17, 2022 is the Primary Election

Upcoming Elections
May 17, 2022 is the Primary Election
Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Last day to register to vote: May 2, 2022
Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: May 10, 2022
Learn about Primary Elections.

November 8, 2022 is the General Election
Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Last day to register to vote: October 24, 2022
Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: November 1, 2022
Learn about General Elections.


Pennsylvania redistricting panel enters final stretch to complete House, Senate maps

HARRISBURG — The panel charged with drawing Pennsylvania’s new legislative districts must now weigh over 6,000 comments from a month-long public feedback period before voting on final versions of the maps.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission — a five-person panel composed of top party leaders and chaired by an independent member — has until mid-February to make changes to its proposed House and Senate maps, according to the state constitution.

Once the panel approves its final versions, “any aggrieved person” then has 30 days to bring challenges against one or both maps to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


Proposed congressional map advances in Pa. legislature as Wolf, top lawmakers prepare for court battle

HARRISBURG — A state Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance a redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional map as a top Republican expressed hope that his party and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf could still reach a compromise with a court deadline looming.

Nonpartisan analysts say the map, first proposed by House Republicans, has a clear GOP advantage. While stopping short of vowing a veto, Wolf previously said he opposes the map in its current form and expressed concern regarding the map’s partisan bias.


Pa. court sets deadline to break stalemate on redrawing congressional map

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statewide court has given lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to break a stalemate around redrawing Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to account for a decade of demographic shifts.

The Commonwealth Court issued the order Friday, acting on a request last month for it to get involved in the process. It set Jan. 30 for the deadline for it to render its judgment on proposals that are submitted to it.


Participate in the Redistricting Process

Each decade, Pennsylvania uses data from the United States Census Bureau to complete the Constitutionally-required process of setting Congressional and Legislative district boundaries. The Legislative Reapportionment Commission invites all citizens of Pennsylvania to provide their input and feedback. Through this website you can:

– Submit Written Testimony. Provide written public comment to the Commission.
– Upload a File. Provide a SHAPE or Block-equivalency file that details a community of interest or statewide map.
– Draw a Statewide Map. Using free third-party websites, you can draw your own statewide map and submit to the Commission.

People have until Jan. 18 to file objections to those proposed state legislative maps. Objections go to the state Supreme Court, which could further delay the process (source: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-01-12/pennsylvania-house-votes-for-gop-favored-congressional-redistricting-plan)


Pa. House approves proposed congressional map as court challenges loom

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House has advanced a new congressional map that nonpartisan analysts say has a clear Republican advantage, but its fate remains unclear as a court-mandated deadline looms.

The map, which will help determine the balance of power in Washington, passed with support from all but two of the chamber’s Republicans and from none of the Democrats. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.


Pennsylvania Live Election Results 2020

Updated Friday at 9:21 a.m. ET

The Associated Press has not yet called the presidential race in valuable Pennsylvania, leaving its 20 electoral votes highly contested. But after trailing early, Joe Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in the vote count on Friday morning.

Both candidates barnstormed the state in the final few days of the campaign. Counting of absentee ballots has been expected to be particularly slow in the state, with both sides preparing for possible protracted legal fights.

View live results for Pennsylvania’s races for president and the House.


Live Updates: 2020 Election

What You Need To Know

It’s still too close to call as eyes narrow in on key states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The outlook seemed brighter for Democrats this morning than it did last night, but the Trump campaign continues to project optimism. Catch up on the state of the race:


Justices Deny Fast, New Look At Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline

he Supreme Court says it will not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day. But the court’s order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the voting whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by the state’s high court was proper.


Pennsylvanians Urged To Drop Off Mail-In Ballots In Person

With six days until Election Day, Pennsylvania’s top elections official on Wednesday urged voters in the presidential battleground state who have one of the roughly 1 million mail-in ballots outstanding to drop it off in person rather than mail it.


From Philly To Erie, 12 Pa. Voters Talk About Their Crucial Swing State Vote

With a week to go until Election Day, Pennsylvania has lived up to its hype as a key battleground state that could decide the presidency. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads in state and national polls, but both he and President Donald Trump have been making frequent stops in the commonwealth and spending big on advertising.


More Than 3 Million Pennsylvanians Apply For Mail-In Ballots

A week ahead of the Nov. 3 election, applications in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania for mail-in or absentee ballots have exceeded 3 million, with Tuesday the last day to request one and legal wrangling creating uncertainty over the deadline to receive them.


President Trump Makes Campaign Stop At Altoona-Blair County Airport

President Donald Trump held a rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg Monday, slamming his opponent Joe Biden and promising a booming economy and a COVID-19 vaccine.


With Stops In 4 Key States, Biden And Trump Bring Their Closing Arguments To Voters

A few dozen cars at a drive-in rally in suburban Pennsylvania honked in unison as Democratic nominee Joe Biden blasted President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. In North Carolina, Trump told a packed crowd: “COVID, COVID, COVID. By the way, on Nov. 4, you won’t hear about it anymore.”


GOP Asks U.S. Supreme Court Again To Block Pa. Ballot Extension

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speedily take up its case to block counties in the presidential battleground state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

The Republican Party’s late Friday filing came four days after the justices divided 4-4 on putting a hold on the extension.


Democrats Hope To Ride Spending Wave To Pennsylvania House Majority

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — National political winds, strong fundraising and heavy spending by outside groups are fueling Pennsylvania Democrats’ hopes that they can pick up the nine seats they need to retake control of the state House of Representatives after a decade in the minority.


President Trump To Hold Rally At Altoona-Blair County Airport Monday

President Donald Trump will hold a “Make America Great Again” rally in Martinsburg on Monday as a part of his reelection campaign.

According to Trump’s campaign website, the event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.


Pennsylvania Secretary Of State Encourages In-Person Early Voting

Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state in the 2020 election. And now, for the first time ever in a presidential election year, mail-in ballots are available to all registered voters in Pennsylvania, without any excuse. That means there is now actually a way for you to vote early in person.


Pa. College Students Worry About Mail-In Voting Amid USPS Delays

Penn State senior Kamron Sarmadi is registered to vote in Virginia. Mail-in voting is the only viable option for his first presidential election.

“I don’t want to drive three hours back home. And, obviously, before all the big changes started coming through, USPS is like the one government-run thing that I really appreciate,” Sarmadi said.


Entreating Pa. Residents To Vote, Obama Delivers Rebuke Of Trump

Former President Barack Obama urged Philadelphians to make a voting plan and cast their ballots early for Democratic nominee Joe Biden during his first in-person campaign event of the 2020 contest in a state that may be crucial to a Biden victory.


Donald Trump Jr. Campaigns For His Father In State College

Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for his father’s re-election on Tuesday at a “Make America Great Again!” event at Fullington Trailways in State College. At the event, Trump Jr. criticized the Democratic party and its nominee, Joe Biden.


Supreme Court Rules Pennsylvania Can Count Ballots Received After Election Day

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that election officials in Pennsylvania can count absentee ballots received as late as the Friday after Election Day so long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

The court declined without comment to take up one of the highest-profile election law cases in the final stretch before Election Day. Pennsylvania Republicans had sought to block the counting of late-arriving ballots, which the state’s Supreme Court had approved last month.


Pennsylvania Breaks Past 9M Voters At Registration Deadline

Monday, October 19 is the last day in Pennsylvania to register to vote in the November 3 election in which the presidential battleground state is playing a central role in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Voter registration in Pennsylvania has already hit a record high in this cycle.


Race For A (Ballot) Cure: The Scramble To Fix Absentee-Ballot Problems

Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots could be rejected this November because of mistakes, such as missing or mismatched signatures. Voter advocacy groups, political parties and others are rushing to help voters fix — or “cure” — their ballots before it’s too late, so they can be counted.


Democracy Works: The Supreme Court’s Politics And Power

The Supreme Court has always been political, despite what recent history may lead us to believe. However, things may feel different now because the Court is more powerful now. Historian Rachel Shelden takes on a trip back to the Civil War era and we discuss the lessons from that era the might apply today.


Talks On Critical Election Legislation In Pennsylvania Stall

Closed-door talks on legislation seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and the Legislature’s House Republican majority.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said an offer extended in recent days to House Republican leaders has been effectively rejected, now less than three weeks before Election Day.


Pennsylvania Becomes A Battleground Over Election Security

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For anxiety over voting and ballot counting in this year’s presidential election, it’s hard to top Pennsylvania.

Election officials in Philadelphia, home to one-fifth of the state’s Democratic voters, have been sued by President Donald Trump’s campaign, blasted by the president as overseeing a place “where bad things happen” and forced to explain security measures after a theft from a warehouse full of election equipment.


Pennsylvania High Court To Settle Voter Signatures Fight

Pennsylvania’s highest court granted a request Wednesday to wade into a fight over whether counties should count mail-in ballots when a voter’s signature doesn’t necessarily match the one on their registration.

In its brief order, the state Supreme Court said it will decide the matter after a filings deadline in the case on Friday.


Mail-In Ballot Requests Pass 2.6 Million In Pennsylvania

With three weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, more than 2.6 million registered voters have applied for a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania, a battleground state hotly contested by President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Of those applicants as of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million are registered Democrats and about 641,000 are registered Republicans, a three-to-one ratio, according to state data. Another 284,000 ballots were requested by independent or third party voters.


Biden Hits Trump On Economy In Critical Pennsylvania County

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is blistering President Donald Trump as only pretending to care about the working-class voters who helped flip the Rust Belt to the Republican column four years ago. Biden made the charge Saturday against the backdrop of a union facility in a key battleground of Pennsylvania, Erie County.


Pennsylvania House GOP Drops ‘Election Integrity’ Plan

House Republicans in Pennsylvania are dropping plans to fast-track an 11th-hour effort to set up a Republican-majority election panel with subpoena power. It came amid accusations by Democrats that it was an effort to steal the election. Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff said “the muddied waters and misunderstanding” about the intent of the Select Committee on Election Integrity made it clear it’s the wrong time.


5 Questions Ahead Of The Pence-Harris Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris square off in the first and only vice presidential debate Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City.