Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

It's primary election day in Nebraska

It's primary election day in Nebraska

Pennsylvania was one of the 21 states targeted by the Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election. They need 23 to win the House majority.

Lines were short at some polling locations in north Boise just after 8 a.m. Ted Cruz of Texas still competing on the Republican ballot; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Sara Gelser and incumbent District 15 Rep. Dan Rayfield are running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The most competitive and crowded races are for the open seats for governor and the 1st Congressional District, but Idaho's lieutenant governor and state treasurer seats are also up for grabs without an incumbent.

The 2010 mid-term primary election - mid-term meaning in the middle of a president's term like this election - had several races to attract county Democrats. In addition to Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho and OR are holding nominating contests.

Residents in a suburban Philadelphia area are casting their ballots in a newly reshaped district. That's because the only races in the primary on the Democratic ticket are for lieutenant governor and congressional representative. She's picked up all the national endorsements, from Planned Parenthood to People for Bernie Sanders.

For the 16th Congressional District, Democrats will choose from Ron DiNicola of Erie County, Robert D. Multari of Mercer County and Christian Rieger of Butler County.

Three Democrats are running for their party's nomination. Wealthy philanthropist Scott Wallace and military veteran Rachel Reddick are the leading candidates in the Democratic primary. He has one primary challenger. He will face Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in November.

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Barletta is heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. The Republican got a late boost from Trump, who called him a "very special guy" in the robo-call. He says he's seen people are hurting around the state and he wants to help Pennsylvanians realize their potential. "He was with me early on, before everyone else started jumping on board".

Other Republicans hoping to challenge ballot Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the November election are Paul Mango, a former health care systems consultant; and Laura Ellsworth, a commercial litigation attorney and former chairwoman of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

If he's beaten, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack would become the first officeholder to lose re-election since Pennsylvania allowed lieutenant governors to run for a second term in the 1970s.

With Lisa Boeving-Learned of Jackson Center the only Democratic candidate on the ballot, the two will face off in November.

Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is not seeking re-election after three terms.

Candidates for the state House of Representatives across the region, including four incumbents, are unopposed for nomination in the primary election today, but following today's vote, they will be back in the fall in their bid for election to a two-year term.

In Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, a pickup opportunity for Democrats, former congressman Brad Ashford is seeking a comeback against nonprofit executive Kara Eastman. The victor faces Democratic incumbent Rep. Matt Cartwright. However, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown remains the favorite to win in November.

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