Pennsylvania candidates have just a few hours to file paperwork that allows them to get on the state’s primary ballots. The deadline is on Tuesday March 15 at 5:00 p.m.
It’s almost certain that Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General, will be running for Governor for the Democrat party.
Tom Wolf, PA current Governor and also a Democrat, is constitutionally barred to run for a third consecutive term.
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But things are not that clear on the Republican side. So far, seven candidates have filed for the Republican party primary elections. They are:
- Lou Barletta, GOP’s nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 and a former congressman;
- Jake Corman, the top-ranking state senator;
- Joe Gale, a Montgomery County commissioner;
- State senator Doug Mastriano, a right-wing politician who aligned himself with Donald Trump;
- Bill McSwain, a lawyer who was the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Philadelphia;
- Jason Richey, a Pittsburgh-based lawyer who specializes in commercial and contract litigation; and
- Dave White, a former Delaware County councilman.
The five o’clock deadline to file enough voter signatures to make Pennsylvania’s May 17 primary ballot also applies to races for lieutenant governor and Congress.
Both parties will have contested primaries for the U.S. Senate so far: four for the Democratic Party’s nomination and seven for the Republican Party’s candidancy, including Mehmet Oz, a.k.a. “Dr. Oz“, who will be running for the Republicans.
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