Primary election night reveals which state executive candidates will advance

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April 24, 2012


By [mailto: Lauren Rodgers] and Maresa Strano

See also: Congressional and state legislative results

Alabama and Pennsylvania held primary elections today for state executive seats. In Alabama, two Republican candidates went head to head in a primary runoff election for the President of the Alabama Public Service Commission. Twinkle Cavanaugh, a current member of the commission, beat out Iraq veteran and real estate developer Chip Brown for the party's nomination.[1] Cavanaugh will face incumbent Lucy Baxley, the only Democrat who currently holds a statewide office in Alabama in the November general election.[2]

Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTwinkle Cavanaugh 60.8% 52,371
Chip Brown 39.2% 33,734
Total Votes 86,105

The story isn't so simple in Pennsylvania. Today's primary election was more than the usual ballot casting exercise for the commonwealth's partisan electorate. In addition to choosing their party's nominees for the two statewide and myriad U.S. and State legislative seats, Pennsylvania voters also participated in a dry-run of the state's recently passed voter photo-ID law. Poll volunteers were tasked with informing people about the new requirements. They were also instructed to track the numbers of voters who showed up without proper forms of ID in order to give the state an idea of how many more IDs will need to be issued before November, when the mandatory photo-ID rule will officially go into effect.

Only two of this year's state executive races in Pennsylvania were contested: the Democratic primary for attorney general and the Republican primary for auditor. The polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. Here are the unofficial results of the two contests:


Donkey symbol.pngAttorney General

The mudslinging that led up to the Democratic primary showdown tonight between ex-Lackawanna prosecutor Kathleen Kane and former Bucks County U.S. Rep Patrick Murphy is over. Despite strong showings for Murphy in and around his native city of Philadelphia, Kane ultimately edged out her opponent to score the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Kane's upset victory was among the last to be called-major news sources like the AP and the Philadelphia Inquirer waited to declare the race until around 11:00pm EST-due to the slim, albeit consistent, margin separating the candidates' reported votes.[3]

Kane will now face Republican Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed in the November 6 general election.

Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Kane 52.8% 371,862
Patrick Murphy 47.2% 331,778
Total Votes 703,640

*99.18% of districts reporting.

Gop logo2.jpgAuditor

Current state Rep. John Maher easily defeated Frank Pinto in the Republican primary and will go on to face state Rep. Eugene DePasquale (who was unopposed in tonight's Democratic primary) in November. Both Maher and DePasquale are also running unopposed for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which means that at least one of them will vacate their current seat after the general election. That also means that the commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have to hold a special election to fill their House seat, which is estimated to cost between $100,000 and $150,000.[5]

Pennsylvania Auditor, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Maher 66.1% 455,075
Frank Pinto 33.9% 233,372
Total Votes 688,447

*99.18% of districts reporting.

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