The Latest: Big step in Pennsylvania’s 2016 primary election

Here are the latest developments from the first day of Pennsylvania’s petition circulating period to qualify for the April 26 primary ballot in the 2016 election. All times local.

11:55 a.m.

A big step in Pennsylvania’s 2016 election is beginning as hundreds of candidates for federal and state offices can start gathering signatures to qualify for the April 26 primary ballot.

Tuesday is the first day to circulate petitions and among those who say they’re swinging into action are campaign organizers for GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, also says he’s running for a second term.

The deadline to submit petitions is Feb. 16.

Besides the presidential primaries, Pennsylvanians can expect contested primaries among Democrats seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and to replace the embattled state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a fellow Democrat.

Ex-prosecutor and ex-Scranton police officer Joe Peters says he may run for attorney general and give Republicans a contested primary.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature’s hopefuls include former NFL player Jon Ritchie. He’s aiming to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Vance in Cumberland County.

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8:15 a.m.

A big step in Pennsylvania’s 2016 election is beginning as hundreds of candidates for federal and state offices can start gathering signatures to qualify for the April 26 primary ballot.

Tuesday is the first day to circulate the petitions and among those who say they’re swinging into action are campaign organizers for GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The deadline to submit the petitions is Feb. 16.

Pennsylvanians can expect contested primaries for president, as well as among Democrats seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and to replace the embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a fellow Democrat.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature’s hopefuls include former NFL player Jon Ritchie. He’s expected to be part of a crowded Republican primary field to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Vance in Cumberland County.

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