Apr 24, 2024 - News

Pennsylvania primary results come in

Illustration of the state of Pennsylvania with an "I Voted" sticker in the northeast corner.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Some key races from Tuesday's primary have been called as other results continue to roll in.

Why it matters: Pennsylvanians now have a clearer idea of the political matchups in the fall presidential election.

State of play: Democratic Eugene DePasquale won a crowded Democratic primary for state attorney general while Republican Dave Sunday won his party's competitive primary, per Spotlight PA.

  • North Philly state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta won the Democratic primary for auditor general, per WHYY. GOP incumbent Auditor General Timothy DeFoor ran unopposed.

Of note: May 13 is the deadline for county boards of elections to certify the primary results.

The big picture: Primary voters cast ballots for presidential, U.S. Senate, and other congressional offices, as well as state row offices and seats in the state House and Senate.

Reality check: Several primary races were determined before any votes were cast.

  • Some candidates ran unopposed, including Democrat Bob Casey and Republican David McCormick in their party's primaries for U.S. Senate.
  • Meanwhile, Democrat President Joe Biden and GOP candidate Donald Trump won their primaries with 93% and 83% of the vote, per the state's election dashboard, but both had already secured enough delegates to clinch their parties' nominations.

By the numbers: Turnout in Philly for the primary was 17.6% with 98% of divisions reporting as of early Wednesday morning, per the city's election dashboard.

  • That's compared to 32% turnout in the 2020 presidential primary and 40% in 2016.

What's next: All eyes will be on Pennsylvania during the November general election.

Plus: Democrats will look to grow their razor-thin majority in the state House while Republicans struggle to maintain control of the Senate.


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