Pennsylvania Primary Election 2024: Key Races and Candidates in Focus

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





As Pennsylvania voters head to the polls for the 2024 primary election, several key races and candidates are in the spotlight. Here’s an overview of what you need to know:

1. Attorney General Race:

– Seven candidates, including five Democrats and two Republicans, are vying to become Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.
– Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Michelle Henry is not seeking re-election, leaving the field open for new contenders.
– The race is expected to be closely watched, with the victors of each primary facing off in the general election.

2. Auditor General Contest:

– Three candidates are competing in the race for Pennsylvania’s auditor general.
– Republican incumbent Timothy DeFoor is seeking re-election, while Democratic voters have two choices: state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley.
– The auditor general serves as the state’s chief fiscal watchdog, overseeing the proper management and spending of state tax dollars.

3. Treasurer Election:

– Incumbent Republican Treasurer Stacy Garrity, who broke a streak of Democratic dominance in 2020, is defending her seat.
– Democrats are fielding two candidates, including state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and substance abuse counselor Erin McClelland.
– The treasurer is responsible for overseeing more than $150 billion in state assets and administering financial programs for Pennsylvanians.

4. Federal Races:

– In addition to the state executive offices, voters will also decide on federal races, including all 435 House seats across the country.
– One notable race is in Bucks County, where incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is facing a primary challenge from Mark Houck, a vocal anti-abortion activist.
– Fitzpatrick, a self-described moderate Republican, is seeking to retain his seat in a district that has trended more blue in recent years.

As polling continues throughout the day, voters are encouraged to stay informed about the candidates and issues at stake in the primary election. Stay tuned for updates on the results as they come in.

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