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  • Burns says hi

    From Dan Majors in Washington, Pa. Tim Burns, Republican candidate in District 12, went down to the ballroom of the George Washington Hotel in downtown Washington Pa minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m., to check with staff members on arrangements."T...
  • The scene in South Philly

    From Daniel Malloy in Philadelphia The basement of Saint Edmund's Catholic Church on 21st Street in South Philadelphia was mostly empty with about half an hour to go before the polls closed today, though that can be partially attributed to the athletic c...
  • All quiet at Sestak HQ

    From Tracie Mauriello: As polls are closing, supporters of Congressman Joe Sestak are beginning to arrive at his primary night party in a ballroom at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Delaware County.There are three televisions and a la...
  • X Factor: Pittsburgh

    The expected low turnout in Philadelphia today is muddying up the usual Philly-centric model for Democratic success in Pennsylvania, writes Paul Kane at the Washington Post: Given the low-turnout projections, the Clinton and Rendell models might be ren...
  • Paul race already called in Kent.

    At the liberal poll site FiveThirtyEight, poll expert Nate Silver has already called the Kentucky GOP Senate primary for tea party favorite Rand Paul. UPDATE: The AP has called it too....
  • Specter: "Smoking dutch cleanser"

    Here's the Arlen Specter quote of the day, via Talking Points Memo: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who's facing a tough Democratic Senate primary race in Pennsylvania today against Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), vigorously defended his, er, vigor during an intervie...
  • Dining guide, Democrat style

    From Dennis Roddy in Johnstown, Pa. AS THE EVENING stumbles upon us like so many sprinters pushed a few hundred yards too far, one casts about for auguries. It has been a short election, much the way a hanging is a short drop or Hiroshima was a brief...
  • BBC interviews P-G on PA12

    As the national and international press descended on Johnstown this weekend for a look at the first -- and only -- congressional election on the ballot, the British Broadcasting Corporation spent an afternoon with the Post-Gazette's Dennis Roddy. Roddy w...
  • On the Interwebs

    So here's where to watch the Pa election results come in tonight, after polls close at 8 p.m. (though don't expect significant numbers until 9 or so). In the meantime you can track updates from our reporters statewide at the Early Returns blog page as wel...
  • Amateur hour

    From Dennis B. Roddy WITH HOURS TO GO before the polls close in the 12th Congressional District, the campaign of Republican candidate Tim Burns is crying foul across county lines.First, they claim that election workers at a polling place in Uniontown, Fa...
  • Voting twice in PA12

    From Rich Lord An estimated 178 people were permitted to vote twice at a Uniontown polling place, according to a Republican attorney who investigated the issue today. G.O.P. attorney Heather Heidelbaugh said that through human error, voters at the North...
  • A tip on 12th District returns

    From Timothy McNulty When you're watching the 12th District special election returns come in tonight, here are the four biggest counties (by the # of registered voters) to keep an eye on: Cambria, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland. (Especially Westmor...
  • Dems prepare fire for Toomey

    From Daniel Malloy in Philadelphia Once the Specter-Sestak faceoff is decided, the Democratic Party's hit machine will focus its fullscale fire on Pat Toomey. Immediately. A Democratic source passes along the screengrab below from a video the Dems will s...
  • As 12 Goes, So Goes the 12th

    From Dennis B. Roddy in Johnstown, Pa. EVEN THE DEAD must have their suburbs and John Murtha’s lies at the outer fringes of Grandview Cemetery, a section called Westview 10. It is a rolling spit of green filled with sweety-pie tombstones with etchi...
  • Voter guide/poll locator

    Are you seeing those turnout numbers and feeling shame at not voting? But don't know where to start? Let Early Returns take you by the hand and help you. Start with this voter guide from the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania. It takes you through the v...
  • Forecast: Siberia

    Reports from Democratic strongholds in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas are both reporting weak turnout today. Allegheny County's election offices and courts have been quiet and the Inquirer paints a picture of Siberian-like loneliness at the polls i...
  • PA-12: Who's the underdog?

    Given the gobs of money and attention poured into the 12th District special election, both Democrats and Republicans consider it to be a pretty big deal. But who should win Tuesday's race? Each side wants you to think it's the other guy, so they can pla...
  • Coverage note

    A note to Early Returns readers: As we'll be working into the night tomorrow, the bulk of our primary election day coverage will not get going until Tuesday afternoon. That said, we'll still have the usual election morning stories, photos and breaking co...
  • TPM goes after Wecht/Specter

    Christina Bellantoni at Talking Points Memo takes a harsh swipe at Cyril Wecht in her pre-mortem on the Specter race (which she says was over when Sestak finally ran his George W. Bush ad): Some Democrats have snarked that Specter hasn't run the best cam...
  • The mayor of Westwood

    The places Pittsburgh mayors live become part of their iconography -- Bob O'Connor's little house off bustling Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill; Tom Murphy's home on a tough stretch of Perrysville Avenue; Sophie Masloff's high-rise on Shady Ave.; Davey Lawr...