Primary Day Buzz

Good morning politicos, it’s here. The messaging is done, and now it’s a question of whether campaigns can get their supporters out the door and to the polls.

PoliticsPA will be covering the election all day, and the vehicles for our coverage will be these open threads, arranged by race:

Statewide Open Thread (Presidential, U.S. Senate, Attorney General)

CD-12, CD-18 Open Thread (Altmire/Critz, Feinberg/Murphy)

CD-17 Open Thread (Cartwright/Holden)

State House & Senate Open Thread

And once the polls close at 8pm today, tune in to PCN for the Pa. Business Council’s election night coverage featuring PBC President & CEO David W. Patti and PCN anchor Francine Shertzer.

Campaigns Brace for Snowstorm: “When did Steve Welch get God’s endorsement?” quipped on GOP operative. After millions of dollars and months of hard campaigning, several high-profile races could come down to the weather. Update: about 6 inches of snow fell in the populated areas of western PA, meaning some campaigns avoided a worst case scenario.

Corbett Stars In Mailer, Robocall for Pa. GOP Slate: The Pa. Republican Party played their biggest card in the final days before the election: Tom Corbett. The Guv starred in a mail piece and robocall on behalf of the party’s endorsed candidates. Meanwhile, Dick Morris sent out another appeal for Tom Smith.

Murphy Whacks Feinberg in Mailers: Rep. Tim Murphy and his campaign are confident of a win on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving challenger Evan Feinberg a free pass. In mailers and radio ads, they accuse Feinberg’s stridently conservative views of jeopardizing local interests.

Election Day Is A Test of Voter ID Law: Tuesday’s primary will serve as a dry-run for the most recent voter ID law that was enacted a little more than a month ago.

Shenanigans In HD-92: Charges of fraud and ethics violations fly in the GOP state House race that includes the son of a Harrisburg power-broker, the nephew of a state Senator and three others. Mike Regan blames Rocco Pugliese, the father of one of his opponents, for a mail piece from a newly formed PAC.

Presidential

Romney Makes Final Pa. Primary Campaign Swing: With less than 24 hours remaining until Pennsylvania’s ballot booths open, Mitt Romney’s campaign made sure to hit Pennsylvania’s two major metropolises in a last-minute effort to sway voters. He is seeking to avoid a protest vote among Pa. voters.

Ron Paul Addresses Devoted Supporters Near Independence Hall: As a steady rain fell, presidential hopeful Ron Paul addressed America’s foreign policy issues and protecting personal freedoms, before a boisterous crowd of supporters on Sunday.

Barletta Smiles on Romney: Rick Santorum hasn’t endorsed Mitt Romney yet, but one of his top PA backers has. The Romney camp rolled out the support of Rep. Lou Barletta Monday afternoon.

Kelly, Meehan and Thompson Back Romney: Mitt Romney appears to be taking out insurance against possible protest/sympathy votes against him on Tuesday. The GOP frontrunner rolled out three more PA endorsements after making a swing through the state: U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly, Pat Meehan and G.T. Thompson.

Legislative Election Updates:

Lots of Republican lawmakers are facing primaries today, as summarized by the PA Independent. And ACB27 takes a look at CAP, a conservative group backing many of the challengers.

WHYY Newsworks has a look at the Philly-area special state house elections.

SD-37: Take a look at this pic of Sue Means’ lit, and look closely. That’s right, she’s a third degree black belt.

SD-49: Yesterday afternoon, Democrat Sean Wiley held a jobs creation press conference, concluding his campaign making Erie jobs his top priority. He also released a Pennsylvania Jobs Creation Program on his website.

HD-16: The Beaver County Times previews the race between Jeremy Angus and Kathy Coder for the Republican nomination.

HD-92: There are several nasty mailers going to voters who will vote on the Republican nomination for the seat. The candidates are Scott Derr, Anthony Pugliese, William Sieg, Mike Regan and Dan Johnson.

HD-169: What role is Local 98 playing in this primary and special election? PhillyNow says the mailers in the race are particularly negative.

National:
National Journal: Pa. GOP Senate race shaping up as embarrassment for Corbett, establishment
The Atlantic: PA GOP Senate primary explains Dems’ chances to keep the Senate
National Journal: Romney ‘fully supports’ extension of low student loan interest rates
Politico: President Obama’s campaign whisperer: Bill Clinton
Politico: Mitt Romney-Marco Rubio stump in Pennsylvania
The Caucus: Five more primaries and a pivotal moment for Romney’s campaign
The Caucus: Boehner sees one-in-three chance GOP loses House
The Hill: Romney: No shirt list for VP
USA Today: Redistricting takes some of the ‘swing’ out of House races
USA Today: Study: Obama gets more negative press than GOP
USA Today: Romney urges young voters to turn away from Obama
USA Today: Ron Paul vows to campaign despite Romney lead
Slate: Ron Paul wins Minnesota delegates by a landslide
Washington Post: Jon Huntsman, Republican antagonist

Statewide:
ABC 27: CAP Challenges Longtime Republican Incumbents
Capitol Ideas: Report: Outside expenditures in PA17 tops $572K
Capitol Ideas: The tale of the tape: What turnout in 2008, 2010 may tell us about 2012
State House Sound Bites: Meet the candidate: Eugene DePasquale
State House Sound Bites: Though U.S. Senate candidates not well-known, Toomey says “all would be allies of mine”
PA Independent: Slew of conservative primary candidates pit tea party against PA’s GOP establishment
PA Independent: Analysis: GOP Senate race leaves much to be known before election day
Capitolwire: In Holden-Cartwright Congressional race, big-name endorsements abound
Capitolwire: Where the GOP U.S. Senate candidates differ on the issues
Capitolwire: Voters in the 29th Senate district to choose between seniority or ‘new blood’
Capitolwire: Murphy gets Morganelli endorsement at Lehigh Valley gathering
Capitolwire: Capitolwire Issues Survey: GOP Senate candidates
AP: Murphy-Kane Dem race for Pa. attorney general a study in contrasts
Herald-Mail: Presidential hopeful Romney pledges leadership during visit to Greencastle

Philadelphia:
Inquirer: Victory in GOP Senate race may hinge on the personal
Essential Public Radio: Who’s running to face Bob Casey?
NPR: With Casey at the bat, will Pennsylvania Republicans once again swing & miss?
WHYY Newsworks: This time, Republicans are brawling, too
Philly Now:Ed Rendell sends out last minute request for AG candidate, Patrick Murphy
Philly Now: Ron Paul rally attendees say its “Paul or nothing”
CBS 3: Romney visits Delco Trucking firm to seal support among his faithful
City Paper: Combat voter apathy with primary ballot cheat sheets
Newsworks: Special Elections for state House in Philly

SEPA:
Daily Local: Bitter Pa. Senate GOP primary heads into last days
Delco Daily Times: Romney attacks Obama’s economic record during stop in Chester Township
AP: Murphy-Kane race for PA AG a study in contrasts
Courier Times: Voters Tuesday will get photo ID handout
AP: Bitter 5-way PA Senate GOP primary heads into last days

Pittsburgh:
Post-Gazette: Romney campaigns across Pa. on eve of primary
Post-Gazette: In Pa. campaign stop, Romney makes broad attack on Obama’s record
Early Returns: Altmire: Regional turnout key in 12th
Early Returns: Air war continues in Murphy/Feinberg
Early Returns: Romney’s early victory lap

Southwest:
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Pa lawmakers to live a week on $35 worth of food
Beaver County Times: All Eyes on Altmire-Critz Race

Lehigh Valley:
Morning Call: A final look at Cartwright-Holden
Morning Call: Veepstakes comes to Pennsylvania as Romney, Rubio campaign side-by-side
Reading Eagle: Presidential race not of primary importance
WFMZ: Pa. primary to provide test run of photo ID law
WFMZ: Democrats for Pa. AG outline qualifications
WFMZ: Romney shares stage with man who may be his VP choice
Express Times: John Callahan, Sal Panto Jr. considering Northampton County executive run
South Whitehall Patch: Planned Parenthood spends 100K on 134th House race

NEPA:
Citizens Voice: State to review keeping party affiliation on absentee ballots
News Item: National, state and local candidates
Standard Speaker: Concern over test of new voter ID law
Daily Review: Pa. voter go to the polls Tuesday

South Central:
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Mitt Romney rallies Franklin County Republicans at Lincoln Day dinner near Greencastle
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Voters get choices at the last minute in the primary election
AP: Mitt Romney campaigns in Pennsylvania with potential vice president pick
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Election 2012: One day until the Pennsylvania primary
Patriot-News: Primary Election Day is tomorrow; voters will be asked for ID
Palmer-ForksPatch: Holden-Cartwright race is one of the state’s hottest
EastonPatch: 5 things to know about the Holden/Cartwright race
Republican Herald: 3 contested races highlight Tuesday primary
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County election chief: 1 in 4 here will vote Tuesday
Lebanon Daily News: Toomey: U.S. needs to get its fiscal house in order

North by Northwest:
Sun Gazette: Lycoming County voters have some choices in primary
Campaign ’12 Blog: Heated primary battles in Pa.’s congressional races
Campaign ’12 Blog: Despite Santorum’s departure, plenty of choices on primary ballot

Opinions:
Morning Call: Pa. should hold elections only every two years
News Item: Negative advertising just getting started in primary
Citizens Voice: Our voice: Turn off the campaign negativity
Pottstown Mercy: Tom Corbett’s love affair with the Democrats: An election letter back at ya’
Bucks Local News: Guest Opinion: 31st Legislative District candidate Anne Chapman looks to end property taxes if elected
Bucks Local News: Guest Opinion: Helen Bosley, 31st Legislative District candidate, to bring conservative leadership to Harrisburg
Centre Daily: GOP’s assault on reproductive rights attacks women- and women vote

Blogs:
Keystone State Education Coalition: Right-Wing, Anti-Public Education Group Funds Gay, Muslim Democrat as stealth candidate in PA house district
NEPartisan: Tuesday Predictions
2 Political Junkies: Endorsements
PA Water Cooler: Mark Mustio slings too much slime even for the Post-Gazette
Keystone Conservative: PA Primary voters guides and information
John Hanger: Key poll shows libertarian Governor Johnson shakes Presidential race
Keystone Politics: You should vote even if it snows

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