Last day for presidential hopefuls to get on the Pennsylvania primary ballot

    The presidential hopefuls top the list of candidates facing a deadline for getting their names on Pennsylvania’s primary election ballot.

    Campaign spokesmen for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul said they will file by today’s deadline. Fellow Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have already filed their nominating petitions, as has President Barack Obama.
    Today is the deadline for filing nominating petitions for candidates for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, and delegate to the Republican or Democratic conventions.

    Scores of state and federal offices are up for election, including president, Congress, the state’s three elected row offices and most seats in the state Legislature.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has filed to run for re-election, as have at least four prospective GOP challengers: Steve Welch, Tom Smith, Sam Rohrer and Mark Scaringi.

    State lawmakers have until the end of Thursday to file their petitions.  Pennsylvania’s primary election, when parties choose their candidates for offices, is April 24.

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