5/17 PoliticsPA Playbook: Primary Results Edition

Voting-booth2Ceisler and Clark win Dem Commonwealth Court nods, PA GOP goes 3 for 4 and the Pa. Dems go 4 for 4 in the Superior Court primary, Krasner wins in the Philly DA primary, Rhynhart ousts the incumbent, incumbents win in Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Harrisburg Mayoral contests, and Schember gets the nod in the Erie Dem Mayoral primary.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Election Results

Ceisler, Clark Win Dem Commonwealth Court Primary, Knock Off Endorsed Candidate: Judge Ellen Ceisler and Irene Clark won the Democratic Commonwealth Court primary, knocking off endorsed candidate Todd Eagen.

Pawlowski Wins Allentown Mayoral Primary: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski won the Mayoral primary with a strong plurality, fending off six challengers. He will face-off against Republican Nat Hyman in the general election.

PA GOP Goes 3 for 4 in Superior Court Primary, Murray Beats Patrick: Judge Mary Murray, who did not seek the PA GOP endorsement will join Judges Emil Giordano, Wade Kagarise, and Craig Stedman on the ballot in the general election.

Endorsed Dems Win Superior Court Primary: Judges Deborah Kunselman, Maria McLaughlin, Geoffrey Moulton, and Carolyn Nichols won the Democratic Superior Court primary.

Papenfuse Wins Harrisburg Mayoral Primary: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse won the Democratic Mayoral primary.

Rhynhart Wins Philadelphia City Controller Primary: Democratic challenger, Rebecca Rhynhart defeats incumbent Alan Butkovitz for the Democratic nomination for City Controller.

Schember Wins Erie Mayoral Race: Former Erie City Councilman Joe Schember won the Democratic primary for the Erie Mayoral race with a plurality of the votes.

Kranser Wins Philadelphia District Attorney Democratic Primary: Larry Krasner won a clear plurality of votes in a seven person race to replace current District Attorney, Seth Williams for the Democratic nomination.

Peduto Wins Pittsburgh Mayoral Primary: Current Mayor Bill Peduto won with a majority of votes in a three way primary for the Democratic nomination.

Non-Election Results

Teacher Enters Race to Challenge Rothfus: Democrat Aaron Anthony is jumping into the race to challenge Congressman Keith Rothfus.

Reader Poll: Negrin Will Win Philly DA Primary: A plurality of our readers think Rich Negrin will win the Philadelphia District Attorney primary.


Capitolwire: Primary narrows field of appellate court candidates, brings success to Democratic city mayors.
Capitolwire: Legislation seeks to expand AG prosecuting power to include local officials.
State House Sound Bites: Wolf sends letter to White House opposing AHCA
State House Sound Bites: Furloughed state employees start getting back to work
StateImpact: Commonwealth Court rejects appeal on Mariner East 2 pipeline

Inquirer: Krasner declared winner of Democratic primary for DA in Philly
Inquirer: Rhynhart beats Butkovitz in controller’s race upset
Inquirer: Toomey: Trump sharing classified info with Russia could be ‘very imprudent’
Inquirer: At Philly polls, no lines, no waiting, but some signs of better turnout
Inquirer: Voters approve ballot question to change how city issues contracts
Inquirer: November races for statewide judicial elections set
Philly Mag: Progressive Firebrand Larry Krasner Wins District Attorney Primary
Philly Mag: Rebecca Rhynhart Unseats Incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz
Newsworks: Pa. Primary wins: Krasner for Philadelphia DA, Rhynhart for Contoller
Newsworks: Light turnout for heavily contested Philly district attorney’s primary race
Newsworks: 2017 Pennsylvania Primary Election Results

Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford adds new faces to school board after primary election
Pottstown Mercury: 6 remain on Pottstown School Board ballot for 4 open seats
Pottstown Mercury: Weand wins Pottstown Democratic primary in nasty council race
Pottstown Mercury: In Pottsgrove, Rabinowitz must face Lindgren for 4th school board seat
Pottstown Mercury: Slinkerd, Schreiber and Spaide get GOP nod for Upper Pottsgrove commissioner
Bucks County Courier Times: Three candidates win on more than one ballot for Bristol Township School Board
Bucks County Courier Times: Apathy, disillusionment among reasons cited for low turnout at Lower Bucks polls
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Borough incumbents in mayor, council fight off challengers
Bucks County Courier Times: Four Democrats secure spots on Penndel council
Bucks County Courier Times: Mike Yager secures Democratic nomination in Morrisville’s 4th ward
Bucks County Courier Times: Incumbents win nominations for re-election to Bristol Borough School Board
Bucks County Courier Times: Mark Byelich wins re-election to Council Rock school board by winning both nominations
Bucks County Courier Times: Incumbents and Diane Youells win on both ballots for Morrisville school board
Bucks County Courier Times: District Judges Kelly, Benz prevail in their quest to get on the November ballot
Bucks County Courier Times: Anti-recovery house council slate falls to incumbent-heavy team in Bristol Township
Bucks County Courier Times: Small games of chance referendum wins in Newtown Township
Bucks County Courier Times: Charles Swartz beats back GOP challenger in Newtown Borough mayoral race
Bucks County Courier Times: Democrats, Republicans win their primaries in Bensalem school board race
Bucks County Courier Times: All candidates in uncontested races
Delco Times: Low voter turnout as parties get together for primary election
Delco Times: Both candidates claim win in Darby mayor’s race
Delco Times: All 3 contested District Justice races will continue in November
Delco Times: 2 Media incumbents turn back Dem challengers
Daily Local: Dianne Herrin wins Democratic Primary for West Chester mayor
Daily Local: Voters cast ballots in school board races around Chester County
Daily Local: Bruno, Sondergaard win in MDJ races
Daily Local: Voters choose county row office candidates

Post-Gazette: Peduto declared winner of mayor’s race
Post-Gazette: Toomey says Trump should appoint a Democrat as FBI director; suggests Merrick Garland
Post-Gazette: Toomey: Trump’s classified intel disclosure legal but potentially ‘imprudent’
Post-Gazette: Sens. Toomey, Portman asked to find common ground to fix House’s health reform bill
Post-Gazette: Mullen cruises to victory in sheriff primary election
Post-Gazette: Fourth time the charm for council candidate Coghill
Post-Gazette: Connelly, McGinley, Spurgeon Allegheny County judicial nominations
Post-Gazette: Women take seven of 12 state judicial nominations
Post-Gazette: Primary is mostly a tale of incumbents, but County Council has an upset
KDKA: Peduto Wins Democratic Nomination For Pittsburgh Mayor
KDKA: Voter Turnout Low Despite Importance Of Local Races
WTAE: Pittsburgh mayoral primary results: Bill Peduto wins
WTAE: Allegheny County sheriff primary results
Tribune Review: Peduto cruises to big win in Pittsburgh’s mayoral primary
Tribune Review: Palmosina defeats incumbent Ellenbogen in Allegheny County Council primary
Tribune Review: Coghill defeats Deemer in open-seat Pittsburgh City Council primary
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania heading in right direction, poll says
Tribune Review: Penn-Trafford race too close to call
Tribune Review: Mt. Pleasant Area school board candidates decided
Tribune Review: Latrobe school board field narrowed to 4
Tribune Review: Flanigan set to make history in Greensburg district judge race
Tribune Review: Incumbent GOP North Huntingdon commissioner loses
Tribune Review: Antoniak beats out Jacobelli for Jeannette mayor’s job
Tribune Review: Dem takes primary win over longtime Vandergrift mayor
Tribune Review: 2 outsiders best 2 incumbents in Arnold council primary
Tribune Review: Cheswick Mayor Carroll gets borough’s backing in primary
Tribune Review: 5 claim Allegheny Valley School Board ballot spots
Tribune Review: Leechburg Area advances 4 newcomers, 1 incumbent
Tribune Review: Primary results: Bridgeville, Carnegie, Heidelberg area municipal races
Tribune Review: Four newcomers earn victory in Aspinwall primary race
Tribune Review: Sharpsburg council race too close to call, absentee ballots will decide election
Tribune Review: Races remain for Shaler Area school board
Tribune Review: Konieczka wins Shaler district judge position
Tribune Review: Incumbent wins Monroeville district judge seat
Tribune Review: New faces coming to Gateway School Board
Tribune Review: Election results: East Suburbs
Tribune Review: Seven North Hills school board candidates advance to fall election
Tribune Review: Voters bounce two Ross council incumbents
Tribune Review: Ex-school board member, newcomers win Penn Hills nominations
Tribune Review: Plum School Board: Kolar claims two nominations
Tribune Review: Primary: Pleasant Hills district judge; Baldwin, Whitehall municipal results
Tribune Review: Primary: Baldwin-Whitehall, West Jefferson Hills school director results
Tribune Review: Election roundup: Results from races across Western Pennsylvania
WESA: AG Shapiro Announces New Effort To Help Incarcerated People Transition Back To Civilian Life
WESA: Reordering The Court: Pennsylvania Voters Weigh Judge Races

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat:  Local primary election voters looking for change
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Toomey says GOP striving for middle ground on Medicaid expansion
Altoona Mirror: Voter turnout low so far in Blair County
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove budget to raise taxes
Altoona Mirror: City man set to ask question on CNN debate
Altoona Mirror: Contested races may boost turnout
Altoona Mirror: AASD prelim budget draws fire
Altoona Mirror: Consiglio fends off Donaldson for district attorney
Altoona Mirror: Ott beats McClure in sheriff race
Altoona Mirror: Irwin Adams tops both Altoona Area ballots
Altoona Mirror: Outsider Heller tops Logan Township race
Altoona Mirror: Race for Ormsby’s seat set
Altoona Mirror: Latchford beats Mills to get step closer to retaining mayor seat
Altoona Mirror: Two sitting Spring Cove board members lose re-election bids
Altoona Mirror: DeAntonio wins both ballots to take judge seat
Altoona Mirror: Patton tops prothonotary race
Altoona Mirror: Four newcomers to seek Hollidaysburg Area seats
Observer-Reporter: Close holds slight lead in North Strabane supervisor race
Observer-Reporter: Washington County judicial race returns
Observer-Reporter: Balint wins race for district judge in Waynesburg area
Observer-Reporter: Majority of precincts counted in two magisterial races
Observer-Reporter: Shorraw defeats incumbent Mavrakis in Monessen mayor race
Observer-Reporter: Neuman en route to Washington County judicial nomination
Observer-Reporter: Burns, Price lead South Strabane Township supervisors race
Observer-Reporter: Wilson, Machel prevail in magisterial races
Beaver County Times: Beaver County voter turnout low for primary election
Beaver County Times: Blackhawk School Board headed toward change in general election
Beaver County Times: Three move on to general election in Beaver County judge race

The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor George turning to non-profits to PILOT city through financial hazards
Citizens Voice: PRIMARY 2017: Magisterial district judge results in
Citizens Voice: PRIMARY 2017: School board results in Dallas, W-B, Pittston and Wyoming Area
Citizens Voice: PRIMARY 2017: County council race and results
Citizens Voice: PRIMARY 2017: Cosgrove’s chances don’t look good for Commonwealth Court
Citizens Voice: Daytime turnout low for municipal primary
Citizens Voice: Dems, GOP head to the polls today for primary election
News Item: Saleski appears winner of GOP nod for prothonotary
News Item: Brown appears victor in mayoral race
Times-Tribune: Polls close in today’s primary election
Times-Tribune: Voters head to polls for primary
Times-Tribune: Talerico crushes Scanlon in DA race
Times-Tribune: Longtime Dunmore mayor ousted
Times-Tribune: Sheridan loses re-election bid for Scranton School Board
Times-Tribune: Wechsler knocked off ballot for Scranton City Council
Times-Tribune: Old Forge mayor, school board results in
Times-Tribune: Incumbents fend off challengers in North Pocono School Board race
Times-Tribune: Political newcomers fare well in Midvalley races
Times-Tribune: Results in Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties
Times-Tribune: Longtime police sergeant earns Democratic Scott Twp. supervisor nod

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary 2017 results for contested races
York Daily Record: Who won the Hanover Borough Council primaries?
York Daily Record: Mayor Bracey declares victory in primary
York Daily Record: Some voters find empty ballots on primary day
York Daily Record: Primary ballots have gaps caused by lack of candidates
York Daily Record: Three to six judicial candidates will advance to general election
York Daily Record: Voters go to polls to elect next York County DA
York Daily Record: York votes for mayor, city council
Lancaster Online: Sen. Martin drafting bill to make protesters liable for emergency response efforts
Lancaster Online: 5 big decisions made by the people running for municipal offices in Lancaster County
Lancaster Online: The 2017 primary election in Lancaster County: An overview
Lancaster Online: Activists confront lawmakers Scott Martin, Bryan Cutler in heated town hall
Lancaster Online: Results: Primary election results in Lancaster County
Lancaster Online: Danene Sorace wins Lancaster’s Democratic mayoral primary over Norman Bristol Colon, Kevin Ressler
Lancaster Online: Lancaster County primary takeaways: Manheim Township school board race, Stedman is statewide leader
Patriot News: Mayor Kim Bracey claims victory in York City mayor’s race
Patriot News: Primary election results: Mayor, council, judge races, more
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor wins nomination in close primary
Patriot News: Most nominees set in Pennsylvania high court races
Patriot News: Danene Sorace defeats Democratic challengers in Lancaster mayor’s race
Patriot News: How did the liquor referendum vote in Camp Hill turn out?
Patriot News: Danene Sorace apparent winner of Democratic Party’s nomination for Lancaster mayor
Patriot News: Primary winners for Harrisburg school board
Patriot News: Winners and losers in Harrisburg city council primary
Patriot News: Democrats run Republican write-in campaigns in Harrisburg mayor’s race
Patriot News: After winning Democratic primary, Harrisburg mayor vows to tackle growing divide in city
Patriot News: Pennsylvania primary 2017: Election results from key races
Patriot News: Pa. primary election 2017: Results from mayor races to school board seats
Patriot News: 4 nominated for 3 Dauphin County judge seats from a field of 6
Patriot News: ‘I’m calling it the way it is’: Candidate sounds off after loss in Harrisburg mayors’ race
Patriot News: York County GOP voters choose DA candidate
Patriot News: Three chosen from both parties for York County judge
Patriot News: York County 2017 municipal primary election results
Patriot News: Cumberland County municipal primary 2017 election results
Patriot News: Primary winners for Harrisburg school board
Patriot News: Winners and losers in Harrisburg city council primary
Patriot News: Wolf writes Jared Kushner on health care act, may make more head way in meet with Toomey
York Dispatch: Turnout varies at polling places across York County
York Dispatch: Candidates push voter turnout on final day

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Incumbents prevail in Easton City Council races
Express Times: Northampton County primary election results 2017
Express Times: Real-time election results: Allentown mayor, state judges, Philly D.A.
WFMZ: Voters scarce in Pennsylvania primary election
WFMZ: Senators Toomey, Casey react to report Trump shared classified info with Russians
WFMZ: Berks primary voters casting ballots for judge, row officers
WFMZ: Pennsylvanians cast their votes in primary election
Morning Call: Sen. Pat Toomey says he’s open to ‘smoothing’ transition for Medicaid changes
Morning Call: Reordering the court: Pennsylvania voters weigh judge races
Morning Call: Pat Toomey reacts to report Trump disclosed classified details to Russians
Morning Call: Northampton County judge among winners in Pa. Superior Court race
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Election Results: May 2017 Primary
Morning Call: Poll worker: ‘My doctor didn’t even know there was an election today’
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski survives primary challenge
Morning Call: Brad Osborne cruises past Glenn Eckhart in GOP Lehigh County executive primary
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley primary election roundup
Morning Call: Familiar faces win Allentown City Council nominations
Morning Call: Northampton County judge among winners in Pa. Superior Court race
Morning Call: Easton Council members keep their seats, according to unofficial election results
Reading Eagle: Ben Nevius, Tina Boyd will battle for Berks County bench in November
Reading Eagle: On primary day, most Berks voters stayed away
Reading Eagle: Only one incumbent Exeter School Board member survives primary
Reading Eagle: Wyomissing School Board’s former president loses re-election bid
Reading Eagle: Berks County row office candidates
Reading Eagle: Attorney, retired police officer to face off for Berks district judge
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council vice president fends off 3 challengers
Reading Eagle: 5 Reading School Board candidates advance to general election ballot
Reading Eagle: 3 Montgomery County judicial candidates headed to fall election

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Importance of local, state elections noted
Williamsport Sun Gazette: South Side tax hike may go above index
Centre Daily Times: Benninghoff talks tax reform, regulations at CBICC breakfast
Centre Daily Times: Voter turnout mixed in Centre Region
Centre Daily Times: Township supervisor ordered to pay more than $100,000 in penalties by state ethics commission
Centre Daily Times: Cantorna wins Democratic vote for DA in primary
Centre Daily Times: Hahn wins Democratic nomination for State College mayor
Centre Daily Times: 22 percent of Centre County voters show up for primary
Centre Daily Times: 4 local school boards could have at least 1 new member
Erie Times-News: Erie voters turn out at polls for primary
Erie Times-News: Schember, Persinger to face off in Erie mayor’s race
Erie Times-News: Beveridge wins district judge race outright in Erie’s 6th Ward
Erie Times-News: Bock, Jiuliante to vie for Millcreek supervisor
Erie Times-News: School board races in Erie County
Erie Times-News: Erie County voter turnout 26 percent
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper, Oligeri win nominations for county executive
Erie Times-News: Beveridge wins district judge race outright in Erie’s 6th Ward

Reading Eagle: Letter: Toomey should tell truth about budget
York Dispatch: Oped: State lawmakers should free our spirits
Erie Times-News: Our view: Erie’s future is for voters to decide
Inquirer: How Seth Williams and Donald Trump shadow the DA’s race
Inquirer: Early fears of Gorsuch not confirmed in voting rights ruling
Daily News: This wasn’t just a primary victory. This was a revolution
Tribune Review: Easing VA firings: Get on with it
Tribune Review: The ethanol debate: A fuelish plug
Altoona Mirror: Harder line on DUIs is good step
Patriot News: Republicans have a choice: Power or principle, not both: John L. Micek
Patriot News: Pa’s state-owned colleges are a gateway to opportunity: Mark Price
Lancaster Online: Taking yet another shot at this: Vaccinate your children, please
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Health care reform needed; all good ideas welcome

  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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