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Clinton, Trump And McGinty Win Big In Pennsylvania Primary

McGinty high-fiving supporter
Jacqueline Larma
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Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton claimed victories in Pennsylvania and continued on a path to earn their respective presidential nominations.

The Democratic U.S Senate race went to Katie McGinty, the former secretary of environmental protection under Governor Ed Rendell. According to the unofficial returns, McGinty earned just over 44% of the vote, as compared to retired admiral Joe Sestak's almost 34%. McGinty will go up against incumbent Pat Toomey in November. The race will be closely watched, since it’s one of the five seats nationwide that Democrats consider vulnerable in their quest to regain control of the Senate.

Another candidate in the Senate primary, John Fetterman, conceded the election last night. A statement released by his campaign read, “Today the results of the Pennsylvania primary revealed that a grassroots campaign powered by individuals can compete in the current political landscape of outlandish spending by special interests and outside groups. Despite being outspent more than 15 to 1, [he] had a strong showing statewide, running particularly strong in Western Pennsylvania and with younger voters.”

For the office of Attorney General, Republican John Rafferty will square off against Democrat Josh Shapiro for November’s general election. Current AG Kathleen Kane chose not to run for re-election.

In the 9th Congressional District, the AP has called the race for Republican incumbent Bill Shuster. According to unofficial election returns, Shuster received 50.5% of the vote and Art Halvorson received 49.5% of the vote. Halvorson says he’s waiting for results to be certified and might request a recount. 

In the 72nd State House District, Democratic incumbent Frank Burns will face Republican Cecilia Houser in the Fall. 

In the 79th State House District, Republican incumbent John McGinnis beat challenger Peter Starr. There is no Democratic candidate, so McGinnis is the presumptive winner of that seat.

In the 81st State House District, Republican incumbent Richard Irvin will face Democrat Rick Rogers in the general election. 

Emily Reddy is the news director at WPSU-FM, the NPR-affiliate public radio station for central and northern Pennsylvania.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick was an associate producer at WPSU. She produced the programs “BookMark” and “This I Believe” for the station.
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