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The 4 Democrat Primaries to Watch in Pennsylvania Tonight

The fight for the soul of the Democratic Party continues Tuesday with key primary races in Pennsylvania.

By NTK Staff | 05.15.2018 @12:00pm
The 4 Democrat Primaries to Watch in Pennsylvania Tonight

Key primaries last week helped determine the GOP candidates in key U.S. Senate races in Indiana and West Virginia. This week brings contentious Democrat primaries in Pennsylvania, a state Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016.

This is no ordinary primary day in the Keystone State, either. Redistricting has rocked the congressional races this year after the state’s supreme court handed down redrawn districts across the map earlier this year. That, coupled with a series of retirements of longtime members, has opened the door to more uncertainty than usual.

Here’s The Hill’s brief rundown of what to watch for in tonight’s races:


Multimillionaire philanthropist Scott Wallace, a former aide to former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, has put $2.5 million of his own money into his campaign as he blankets the airwaves with attacks on Trump.

Wallace is facing Rachel Reddick, a former Navy prosecutor who also worked as an advocate for domestic violence victims. Reddick’s campaign is backed by EMILY’s List and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.).

Wallace and Reddick have traded blows in the final stretch. He’s taken aim at Reddick’s past affiliation as a Republican, arguing she’s not true blue enough for the party. And Reddick is framing Wallace as a carpetbagger who’s not “one of us,” noting he once lived in Maryland.


Former Democratic Rep. Joe Hoeffel has been out of Congress for 13 years, but he’s hoping to make a comeback in an open-seat race that looks very promising for Democrats. Clinton won the district by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Hoeffel cites Trump’s election as his reason to return to politics. On Tuesday, he’ll face off against state Rep. Madeleine Dean, who’s backed by EMILY’s List, and Shira Goodman, a gun control advocate.


EMILY’s List hasn’t made a formal endorsement, although president Stephanie Schriock has said the group favors former U.S. Assistant Attorney Ashley Lunkenheimer and attorney Mary Gay Scanlon.

A handful of other outside groups have been more involved. The Middle Class PAC, a super PAC supporting the campaign of Philadelphia’s former Deputy Mayor of Labor Richard Lazer, has spent about $1 million on advertising to boost him. Meanwhile, Progress in PA-05, a super PAC backing Lunkenheimer, has spent about $200,000 on behalf of her.


Progressives are backing Susan Wild, an Allentown city solicitor endorsed by EMILY’s List, or Greg Edwards, a pastor supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Meanwhile, Democratic District Attorney John Morganelli is running as a centrist. But Morganelli’s vocal opposition to illegal immigration and previous praise for President Trump have made him open to attacks from the left.

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