Pennsylvania Voters Head To Polls For Primary Election

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday in four states where primary outcomes will provide fresh signs about voters' mood less than six months before Election Day.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania voters have a lot of races to settle in the primary election, including picking Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen.

Ellsworth is the only female gubernatorial candidate. Wagner is the party's endorsed candidate.

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. Wolf past year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees, including state police troopers, by Stack and his wife.

Second: The crowded field for the Democratic nomination for the Benton County Board of Commissioners has renewed a thought that we've entertained from time to time.

"We have a booth set up in our lobby where people can fill out their ballot and then drop it off in the box right outside our office", said Jeff Doty, the county's election supervisor. No Republicans or Independents filed to run in the primary, although one unaffiliated candidate has announced plans to join the general election fray. This allows an unaffiliated voter to choose which party's primary they will vote in. In 2016, Trump became the first Republican presidential nominee to win the state in 28 years. That has put a target on his back for Republicans.

U.S. House representatives are elected every two years, and this year, governed by a new congressional map drawn by the state Supreme Court, voters will have several choices on those who may eventually go to Washington. The race has been sleepy to this point: Barely any outside money has crept into Pennsylvania to help a candidate after Pennsylvania saw a record-breaking $180 million U.S. Senate race in 2016.

It's a mid-term election so all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs, and there are contested primary races in each of those districts.

Incumbent Wolf will face no challengers in the Democratic primary for governor.

Lamb, fresh off his special election victory in District 18, will take on Republican Keith Rothfus in the less conservative and redrawn 17 district in a race where both are incumbents.

But Trump is highly unpopular in the notoriously liberal state, and the Democratic Party is probably going to tie all Republicans to the commander in chief.

The 3rd District Republican primary pits the state's former top ranking health official, Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, against two other candidates — Mike Craven and Rhonda Palazzo. They need 23 to win the House majority. Republicans now control the House, 121-82, and the Senate, 34-16.

For voters who wish to apply to cast an absentee ballot by mail, applications must be received by Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Republicans in the new 9th Congressional District, which includes Montour County and the eastern portion of Northumberland County, will select Dan Meuser of Luzerne County, George Halcovage of Schuylkill County or Scott C. Uehlinger of Berks County, has their nominee.

This story has been corrected to say the Senate's breakdown is 34-16, not 36-14.