PA Post-Primary Election Roundtable

A look at Tuesday's primary election in Pennsylvania: what do we know so far? Any surprises? What do the results mean as the 2022 general election looms?

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Headshots of all of the leading Pa. U.S. senate candidates for both parties' primaries.

Higher profile candidates for U.S. Senate in Pa, clockwise from top left: Jeff Bartos (R), Kathy Barnette (R), Mehmet Oz (R), Dave McCormick (R), Malcolm Kenyatta (D), John Fetterman (D), Conor Lamb (D). (AP Photo)

There was a lot on the line in the Pennsylvania primary, with many tight races, late surging candidates and results of major national importance. In the race for retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s seat, Lt. Governor John Fetterman swept the Democratic field, while the Republican nominee for Senate is still too close to call between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. For Governor, Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano will face Democrat Josh Shapiro this November.  We’ll talk about yesterday’s primary election results, what we learned about the state’s electorate, the issues that motivated voters and the influence of former President Trump’s endorsements. We’ll also discuss the direction of our major political parties and what it all means for the general election this fall.


Katie Meyer (@katieemeyer4) is a political reporter for WHYY News

Lara Putnam (@lara_putnam) is the UCIS Research Professor of History and the co-lead of the Southwest PA Civic Resilience Initiative of the Pitt Disinformation Lab

John Micek (@ByJohnLMicek)  is Editor-in-chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star


WHYY News’ LIVE election coverage is here.

Billy Penn: Why Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is drawing attention from around the country “Tuesday’s crowded Pa. primary sets the stage for a November election that could alter the balance in Washington.”

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