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In Tuesday's midterm elections, incumbents including Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressmen Tom Marino and Glenn Thompson were reelected.
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Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has won a second term, along with running mate John Fetterman. U.S. Senator Bob Casey also won re-election for a third term, beating Republican U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, who was supported by President Trump. The two races were called early on in the evening.

Pennsylvania Voters Say Nation Headed Wrong Way

Nov 6, 2018
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A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Pennsylvania said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 41 percent of Pennsylvania voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 57 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Last polls close at 8 p.m. ET. 

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WPSU is bringing you comprehensive coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, both in Pennsylvania and around the country. Click here for Pennsylvania-specific returns.

Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections below, including results and analysis, courtesy of NPR.

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Tuesday (November 6) is Election Day.  The polls in Pennsylvania will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find your polling place, and for other helpful information, visit wpsu.org/vote18.

Here are some helpful information and links for Election Day from the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro:

State Rep. Tina Davis, a Democrat, knocks on doors in Bucks County in her attempt to win Pennsylvania's 6th Senatorial District.
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“Do you walk that slow?”

Tina Davis is impatient. It’s cold and blustery on this Sunday morning in Levittown, but it’s not the weather that has her so eager to get going. Davis is a Democratic state representative challenging long-time incumbent Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson for the Pennsylvania 6th Senate District seat, and she’s the underdog. If she wants a shot at winning, Davis knows she needs to out-hustle her opponent.

From cooking to shopping to getting around town, disruption is the name of the game for Millennials. Will they do the same thing to democracy?

Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are now largest generational group in the United States. There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether these 20 and 30-somethings will vote in the 2018 midterms. This episode touches on that, but also explores some of the reasons why Millennials feel disengaged from voting and other traditional forms of political engagement.

McCarthy and Epstein pose for a picture at an event for the National Institute for Civil Discourse
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As the midterm elections draw closer, Americans seem more divided than ever. But Penn State seniors, roommates and best friends Reagan McCarthy and Katierose Epstein share a bond that crosses the aisle even in today’s polarized climate.

McCarthy is the president of the Penn State College Republicans and Epstein is the president of the College Democrats.

The women met in the spring of their freshman year on opposing sides of a debate between their clubs. The topic was federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and the encounter wasn’t exactly friendly.

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While younger generations make up the majority of the electorate, they don’t always make it to the ballot box.

In the 2014 midterms, Gen Xers and Millennials cast 21 million fewer votes than older generations, according to Pew Research Center.

But for some Penn State students, like Matt Fisher, the choice to vote this November is easy.

“I’m planning on voting because I want to be represented in our government, and it’s how you make change in this country.”

NextGen America, progressive advocacy group, says State College is one of the highest performing areas in terms of numbers of registered young voters. The group has been working to get young people to register and vote.
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Since the Parkland shooting in February, there have been movements nationwide to energize young people to vote in this November’s midterm elections.

 

Jessica Maggio is a part of that movement. Recently, she stood outside of the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus, attempting to strike up conversations with students streaming into and out of the building.

Susan Boser and Wade Jodun
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About 50 people turned out at the Smethport fire hall to hear Susan Boser and Wade Jodun, the candidates competing in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 15th district. The winner will likely face Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson in November.

The candidates spoke, answered questions and mingled with the McKean County voters.

Jodun said the night’s turnout out in a Republican stronghold shows people want to be heard. He pointed to the economy as a major issue.

How Would Pa.'s U.S. House Delegation React If Mueller Is Fired?

Apr 2, 2018

(Undated) -- President Donald Trump's recent public criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election has raised concerns he may be laying the groundwork to derail the probe.

Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania’s 9th District announced on Tuesday that he’s not seeking re-election in November.

“It was a difficult decision because of my love of this Nation and the people I serve,” Shuster said in a statement. “Rather than focusing on a re-election campaign, I thought it wiser to spend my last year as Chairman focusing 100% on working with President Trump and my Republican and Democratic colleagues in both Chambers to pass a much-needed infrastructure bill to rebuild America."