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Bit of a Ho-hum Primary Election Concludes Tuesday

Election results will be reported after polls close on Tuesday night.

Especially compared to how we think the 2024 General Election will play out, the Primary on Tuesday will be rather humdrum.

Republican and Democrat voters in Schuylkill County will head to the polls and, combined with those who’ve filed write-in ballots, will see the results tabulated on Tuesday.

However, there aren’t many contested races on each ballot for this Primary Election. And there’s really only one race locally that’s contested. It’s not exactly a race that’ll grab headlines either.

Here’s a look at what voters can expect to see on their ballots today as this Primary Election moves on without much of a fuss.

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Schuylkill County Primary Election 2024

These are the races on the ballots today.

President of the United States

It’s beyond a foregone conclusion who will emerge victorious in each party’s Primary for President this year.

Republican voters are almost certain to pick former President Donald Trump in their Primary. Support for Trump doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere in the 8 years or more since he arrived on the political scene.

Nikki Haley will appear on the ballot for GOP voters but if she gets more than 10% of votes, it’ll be a shock to us all.

For Democrats, President Joe Biden should win that Primary. Someone called Dean Phillips, a US Representative from Minnesota, will also appear on the ballot.

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US Senate

For US Senate, Republicans can pick between Dave McCormick, of Allegheny County, and Joseph Vodvarka, of Allegheny County.

Democrats have the choice between Sen. Bob Casey and no one else.

Pennsylvania Attorney General

The race for Attorney General in Pennsylvania does have some competition on each ballot. Voters in each party will have to pick who represents them on the General Election ballot in November.

For Republicans, the choice is between Dave Sunday, of York County, and Craig Williams, of Delaware County. Democrats can choose between the following five candidates:

  • Jack Stillsteimer, Delaware County
  • Eugene DePasquale, Allegheny County
  • Joe Khan, Bucks County
  • Keir Bradford-Grey, Philadelphia County
  • Jared Soloman, Philadelphia County

Pennsylvania Auditor General

In the state Auditor General race, Republicans are going to put forward the incumbent, Tim DeFoor, of Dauphin County, who runs uncontested.

Democrat voters will pick between Malcolm Kenyatta, of Philadelphia County, and Mark Pinsley, of Lehigh County.

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer

Incumbent Stacy Garrity, of Bradford County, runs unopposed for State Treasurer on the GOP ballot.

On the Democrat ballot, Ryan Bizzarro, of Erie County, and Erin McClelland, of Allegheny County, will vie for that party’s position in the General Election.

US Representative, 9th District

Incumbent US Rep. Dan Meuser faces no Primary challenge on the Republican ballot this year. He’ll face off against the Democrats’ uncontested choice, Amanda Waldman, of Lycoming County, and any third-party candidates in November.

State Senate, 29th District

State Sen. Dave Argall is running unopposed in the Republican Primary while Democrat John Zugarek, of White Haven in Luzerne County, is seeking that party’s nomination and also running without a challenger.

State House of Representatives

All four State House members from Schuylkill County districts – and all Schuylkill County residents – will appear on the GOP ballot running unopposed.

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In the 107th District, Rep. Joanne Stehr seems to have an uncontested path to re-election. The Democrats are not running a challenger for that seat.

In the 116th District, Rep. Dane Watro is running unopposed in the GOP Primary. And for Democrats, Deborah Adoff, of East Union Twp., is running unopposed for that party’s nomination.

The 123rd District has incumbent Rep. Tim Twardzik running unopposed for Republicans and Democrat Michael Zvalaren, of Wayne Twp., is doing the same.

And for the 124th District, incumbent Rep. Jamie Barton is unopposed on the GOP ballot while Tina Burns, of Tamaqua, is doing the same on the Democrat ballot.

Delegates to the Republican and Democrat National Conventions

Each party’s voters will also elect their delegates to the national conventions.

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For Republicans, voters can choose three of eight people running, two of whom are from Schuylkill County: Eugene Bonkoski and Carolyn Bonkoski, both of West Brunswick Twp.

Democrats have three people running for three spots, two of whom are local: Todd Zimmerman, of West Penn Twp., and Liz Bettinger, of Pottsville.

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