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State's primary held almost a month earlier than last year

Published January 11. 2012 05:01PM

This year's primary election in Pennsylvania will be held on Tuesday, April 24, almost a month earlier than the past year.

To be nominated are candidates for U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, state Attorney General, state Auditor General, state Senator, Representatives to the State House of Representatives from Districts 123, 124 and 125.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties of Schuylkill County will be electing delegates to attend their national convention to select a presidential candidate.

So far, three people have announced their intentions to seek the state attorney general's office previously held by now Gov. Tom Corbett. Linda Kelly was named to fill his unexpired tenure and under her term, the grand jury brought out the indictment against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Dan McCaffery and former representative from Philadelphia, Patrick J. Murphy and a third candidate, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, have announced their intent to run.

Pennsylvania's new legislative redistricting plan, which changes district maps for the 203-seat House of Representatives and the 50-seat Senate, is facing court appeals from Democrats who question the constitutionality of the plan drawn by a five-member commission.

The Republicans control both houses.

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