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  • Down to wire in PA-3

    Most people thought the PA-3 race among six GOP candidates would come down to Butler's Mike Kelly and Meadville's Paul Huber, and that's exactly what's happening . . . and the race is still too close to call. Kelly has 28.8% and Huber 25.7% with a full 8...
  • Ravenstahl wins

    The AP has called the North Side state House primary for Adam Ravenstahl, the 25-year-old brother of Pittsburgh's mayor. At last count he had 40% of the vote, followed by Mark Purcell at 27, Dan Keller at 21 and Tim Tuinstra at 11....
  • DCCC statement on Critz win

    From DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen: “Congratulations to Congressman-elect Mark Critz on his extraordinary victory. Voters in this election responded to Mark Critz’s commitment to providing independent leadership that puts Pennsylvania jobs first....
  • Sestak beats Specter

    Sure enough, Joe Sestak has ended the 30-year Senate career of Arlen Specter....
  • Critz wins special election

    Dennis Roddy: Democrat Mark Critz is going to win the hard-fought special election to replace Jack Murtha in Congress. UPDATE: The AP has called it for Critz too. See our map of Pa congressional races here....
  • Onorato wins resoundingly

    Dan Onorato's nomination seems to be bascially in the bag, and AP has called it too....
  • Rothfus winner over MB Buchanan

    It's over. Keith Rothfus is up heavily so far over Mary Beth Buchanan in the 4th District GOP primary -- Rothfus is about to do his victory speech. UPDATE: The AP calls it for Rothfus at 10:16. Buchanan is losing every county in the district, including ...
  • DeWeese sailing toward reelect

    Bill DeWeese is ahead with most of Greene and Fayette counted. From Janice Crompton: BIll DeWeese is enjoying a hefty lead over Greene County Commissioner Pam Snyder.  WITH 43 OF 44 precincts in Greene County reporting, unofficial results show DeWeese ...
  • Cook editor calls it for Sestak #paprimary

    From Timothy McNulty  Cook Political Report House editor Dave Wasserman is basically calling the Senate race for Sestak:  ...
  • Mouseover Congress map here

    Our first House race map is in here....
  • At 1/3 turn, Sestak up

    From the state: ...
  • Bowzer lays down political bass

    A disquisition on the philosophy of Bowzer from Dennis Roddy in Johnstown, Pa. JON BAUMAN, better known as Bowzer, the bass-verging-on-baritone of the 50s revival group Sha-Na-Na, prowled the Critz party tonight a briefcase in his hand, as if at any mo...
  • Specter/Sestak map

    Democratic Senate primary map here. It comes from the Early Returns homepage, under Political Turf....
  • At Corbett HQ

    From Vivian Nereim A humming yet calm crowd of about 70 people had gathered at the Omni William Penn hotel by 9 p.m. this evening to support Tom Corbett in the republican primary for the governor's race. They mostly ignored the numerous televisions aroun...
  • High hopes for Onorato

    From Lindsay Carroll: About 150 people are gathered at the IBEW hall on the South Side, where the Onorato campaign is finishing the night. The crowd, expecting a solid victory in the primary for their candidate, was watching as results began to come in. ...
  • Toomey wins!

    The AP calls the GOP Senate primary for Pat Toomey at 9:09 p.m....
  • The Summerhill Strategy

    From Dennis Roddy in Johnstown, Pa. THE LARGEST SWATH of voters in the 12th Congressional District is in Westmoreland County, a rollicking concatenation of old cities, blue polyester suburbs and cow-studded rusticana. Theoretically, it is a majority Dem...
  • The hardest part

    This is always the most frustrating part of election night -- almost an hour after the polls have closed, but nothing really substantive to look at. We'll get you more on returns from around the state as soon as we can....
  • Specter HQ: The place to be

    From Daniel Malloy in Philadelphia Arlen Specter's campaign party at the Sheraton Center City hotel is clearly the hotspot tonight. The media room is packed with about 50 reporters and photographers, with a colonnade of television cameras in the party ro...
  • Jersey works for Sestak

    From Tracie Mauriello: On Sunday, Karevin Barnes rallied in Philadelphia for U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is challenging incumbent Arlen Specter for U.S. Senate. Mr. Barnes spent a tiring day today as a poll watcher. And he's spending this evening watching...