What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, May 16, 2018:
Wednesday’s Smart Talk features Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna breaking down Tuesday’s primary election results and looks ahead to the fall campaigns.
The primary was noteworthy for several reasons. New Congressional district boundaries, ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, drew more candidates than in past years and more women candidates than ever before. Several incumbent Congressmen are leaving office too. Many voters had choices they haven’t had before.
State Senator Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination for governor and will challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf this fall.
Democrat John Fetterman defeated incumbent Lieutenant Gov. Mike Stack — the first time an incumbent lieutenant governor has lost a primary and Republican Jeff Bartos will be Wagner’s running mate on the Republican side.
Republican Congressman Lou Barletta faces Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey in November.
In the new Congressional districts, Republican John Joyce won in the 13th, Democrat George Scott in the 10th, and Democrat Denny Wolff and Republican Dan Meuser will face off in the 9th, incumbent Republican Lloyd Smucker emerged in the 11th and the Democrat facing Republican incumbent Tom Marino in the 12th hasn’t been determined because the race is too close to call.
Smart Talk will speak with the candidates again this fall leading up to the November election.
Dr. G. Terry Madonna