Primary election night reveals which state executive candidates will advance
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. Cavanaugh will face incumbent Lucy Baxley, the only Democrat who currently holds a statewide office in Alabama in the November general election.
|Alabama Public Service Commission President - Republican Primary Runoff, 2012|
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:
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.
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania, 2012|
*99.18% of districts reporting.
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.
|Pennsylvania Auditor, 2012|
*99.18% of districts reporting.
- Pennsylvania state executive official elections, 2012
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- WSFA.com, "Alabama runoff election results," accessed April 24, 2012
- Montgomery Advertiser, "Republicans vie today for spot to face Baxley in November," April 24, 2012
- The Scranton Times-Tribune, "Kane wins nomination for attorney general," April 24, 2012
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," accessed April 25, 2012
- Politics PA, "DePasquale, Maher take lumps for double-dipping," February 28, 2012