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Primary election Tuesday

Few choices confront voters in Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties on Tuesday, when Pennsylvania holds its primary election.

In most instances, the real races will be in November inasmuch as both the Democratic and Republican parties have uncontested races this time around.

Polls will be open in all counties from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As for the Presidential race - the reason why this year’s primary is held in April - the presumptive favorites, incumbent Democrat Joe Biden and former president, Republican Donald Trump, both have opposition on the Pennsylvania ballot, although a November rematch of the 2020 race is imminent.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota is on the Democratic ballot in opposition to Biden while Trump’s challenger is former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

When the election comes down to Trump and Biden, it will be the first campaign in 112 years featuring two candidates who have already served in the White House. The last case came when Woodrow Wilson defeated incumbent William Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Meanwhile, the ballots voters will see call for the voters to decide nominations in both major parties for the U.S. Senate, three row offices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, congressional seats in the House of Representatives and positions in the House of Representatives and Senate of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Senate

Pennsylvanians will be asked to vote for one of their two U.S. Senate seats this year and incumbent Democrat Bob Casey, who is seeking his fourth six-year term in Washington, is on the ballot again ad is unopposed. The son of former and late Gov. Robert P. Casey and a former Pennsylvania treasurer, Casey has never lost a General Election.

On the GOP side, voters have a choice between two candidates, Dave McCormick and Joseph Vodvarka.

McCormick lost the 2022 Republican Primary Election race to Mehmet Oz, when the other Pennsylvania Senate seat was up for re-election. Oz was then defeated by the Democrat, now Sen. John Fetterman.

McCormick served as undersecretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. Vodvarka is a small-business owner from Allegheny County who lost Democratic primaries for Senate in 2010 and 2012 and was disqualified from running in 2016 due to signature issues. He became a Republican in 2018 but withdrew from that primary as well due to more petition problems.

State offices

Attorney General

Democratic voters will pick from a crowded field for attorney general on Tuesday. Candidates include former Philadelphia Chief Public Defender Keir Bradford-Grey, former Bucks County Solicitor Joe Khan, former Auditor General Gene DePasquale, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer and state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Philadelphia.

The current attorney general, Democrat Michelle Henry, is not seeking the seat. She became the attorney general in 2030 when Josh Shapiro resigned the position after being elected governor. He nominated Henry for the post and she was later confirmed by the Senate.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face the winner of a two-candidate race on the Republican side. The candidates are York County District Attorney David Sunday and state Rep. Craig Williams of Delaware County.

Auditor general

Republican Auditor General Tim DeFoor is seeking re-election to his second four-year term in that post and is unopposed in the Primary.

In November, he will face the winner of a Democratic race between Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia.

State treasurer

Like DeFoor, Republican incumbent Treasurer Stacy Garrity is seeking a second term. She in unopposed on the GOP side and will face the winner of a Democratic race between state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie and Erin McClelland, a former congressional candidate in Pittsburgh.

Other races

Depending on where voters reside, they will also see races for the U.S Congress and the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday. For more information on those races, see a related story on page 3.

See tnonline.com for up-to-date results Tuesday night as they are available.