Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Few contested races dot Crawford County's primary election today

Electioneers greet voters during in Noblesville Ind Electioneers greet voters during in Noblesville Ind
Glenn Montgomery | 15 May, 2018, 22:41

Also on tap are contested primaries for lieutenant governor and a slew of crowded U.S. House races following Pennsylvania's court-ordered redrawing of congressional district boundaries.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.

The following are among the primary races voters will see at the ballot box on Tuesday, which will set the stage for the November election.

Republicans outnumber Democrats in Pennsylvania's House delegation, though a new congressional map is making the state a focal point of Democrats' effort to reclaim House control in November.

Their pitches varied: [state legislator Knute] Buehler relied on his legislative experience and more-moderate track record; [Greg] Wooldridge said he is a "pragmatic conservative" with the right demeanor and leadership experience to guide the state; [Sam] Carpenter described himself as a Trump conservative who will be able to rally the Republican base needed for victory.
Reggie Thomas, Geoff Young, Theodore David Green and Daniel Kemph. The messy Democratic primary showcases the competing factions in the party as it tries to flip such districts.

There are no contested primaries in Benton County's main legislative districts - sitting District 8 Sen. As a key member of Gov. Matt Bevin's administration, Glisson led the state's effort to impose the nation's first-ever work requirements on Medicaid. Former GOP Rep. Pat Meehan - who resigned last month amid a sexual harassment scandal - would have had to run in solidly Democratic turf under the new lines. The victor will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Thomas Wolf in November, who is unopposed for his party's nomination.

In the 1st District, the victor in the matchup between Democrats Alonzo Pennington and Paul Walker will challenge U.S. Rep. James Comer in November. Sara Gelser and incumbent District 15 Rep. Dan Rayfield are running unopposed in the Democratic primary. U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie will face the victor in the fall.

There's a Republican Senate primary as well, where Rep. Lou Barletta is seen as having the edge over state Rep. Jim Christiana.

Wallace hasn't lived full-time in the Bucks County-based district in decades, and has more ties to suburban Washington, D.C., and South Africa as of late. Locally, a three-way race for Congress also could drive Republican turnout while a hot House race could drive the Democratic. Comer, Guthrie and Massie are unopposed in the primary. But the state's Democratic establishment is lining up behind A.J. Balukoff, a 72-year-old Idaho businessman who ran for governor in 2014.

Ballot Question 3: Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for mandatory training for all City officers and employees regarding sexual harassment in the workplace? But the results will clearly affect the ideological makeup of the party's November field, given the candidates' differences.

Republicans have large majorities in both chambers.

As far as local elections go, the biggest attention-getters are the Corvallis School District's $200 million bond measure and the six-way Democratic primary for the chance to succeed the retiring Anne Schuster on the Benton County Board of Commissioners.

For races related to Pennsylvania's General Assembly, there are no contests in the primary for either Democrats or Republicans. Davis was jailed after she refused to obey a judge ordering her to issue the licenses.

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