Stewart J Greenleaf

Primary will help set stage for next crop of state lawmakers

This year's legislative races in Pennsylvania have drawn extremely high levels of interest, with reports of activists swamping normally quiet organizational meetings and an unusually large number of candidates making it onto the ballot.

Republicans hold strong majorities in both chambers, 121-82 in the House and 34-16 in the Senate, so they correspondingly have more turf to defend. Democrats have made a push to challenge as many Republican seats as possible in swing areas, and they hope to capitalize on a national political tail wind.

In some areas, the voting on Tuesday will be of particular interest, with multiple candidates taking on incumbents or seeking their party's...

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