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As Voters in Pennsylvania Head to the Polls for the Primaries, Division Looms among Democrat and Republican Voters

HARRISBURG – Voters in Pennsylvania will vote today on the candidates for the senatorial, U.S. House, and gubernatorial elections, described by many political pundits as one of the most critical and tightly-contested election years in the U.S. history. The state of Pennsylvania stands out firm with candidates ranging from progressive candidates like former State Representative Malcolm Kenyetta and former Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman to far-right political outsiders like Doug Mastriano and television doctor turned politician, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Although each may be running different campaigns for their respective parties, the context of the elections themselves must be understood to see the direction of the state of Pennsylvania going into the 2024 election.

For Pennsylvania's Senate race, voters will vote between four Democrats and seven Republicans, each running on issues crucial to the respective views of their parties. Additionally, the Libertarian, Independent, and Green parties have candidates running for the governorship in Pennsylvania, constituting a diverse race of candidates from various backgrounds. Republican candidates in the Pennsylvania Senate race look to try and replace the outgoing Pat Toomey, a senator known for his staunch support of former President Donald Trump and backing of conservative legislation in Congress.

The candidates looking to replace Toomey are quite familiar to both Pennsylvania and national voters with Republicans like television doctor Mehmet Oz, hedge-fund owner David McCormick, and veteran Kathy Barnette. In contrast, the current Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, is running a widely-publicized campaign against State Representative Malcolm Kenyetta of Philadelphia. While both races are hotly contested, each will likely be determined by a range of factors like President Biden’s approval ratings, inflation, and rising gas prices in Pennsylvania. While the Senate race is extremely contested, the Pennsylvania governor’s race is also one to watch with contempt. Currently, John Fetterman leads in the polls for the Democratic Party with almost 40-50% of potential voters while Dr. Mehmet Oz has gained the lead in the polls as a result of the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial elections have proven to be an eyesore for both parties. While the sole Democratic nominee, Josh Shapiro recently has tested positive for COVID-19, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania has to deal with the rise of radicalism as gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano looks to divide the voter base as the influence of Trump continues to linger throughout the GOP. However, as Mastriano continues to be investigated for ties to COVID-19 denial and support for various right-wing conspiracy theories such as Qanon, the other Republicans in the gubernatorial primary continue to flounder with Mastriano leading the polls against the likes of Lou Barletta, David White, and Bill Swain. However, if Mastriano wins and inevitably faces Shapiro given any drastic changes in the election cycle, it will surely be a heated race going into the November midterms.

As voters line up at polls across the state of Pennsylvania, fates will be decided and a state stuck in political gridlock will once again decide the leader in a bellwether state that has been crucial for elections throughout the United States.

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