Tally Of Primary Races In Pennsylvania

04.25.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania is a step closer to electing its first ever female Attorney General. A political novice no more, Kathleen Kane has won her party's nomination to become the first democrat and the first woman to be elected as Pennsylvania's Attorney General. Kane, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor running her first campaign for elective office, defeated former Congressman Patrick Murphy, 53 percent to 47 percent. In the U.S. Senate primaries, democrat Bob Casey of Scranton easily beat a little-known challenger in his bid for a second 6-year term. His republican challenger will be wealthy former coal company owner Tom Smith of Armstong County, who largely self-financed his victory in a bitter, 5-way race.

Fewer then one in three republicans and one in five democrats voted in yesterday's primary. Pundits say turnout was low because so many people were still dealing with the remnants of the nasty Nor'easter on Monday.

In the state's newly redrawn congressional districts, voters passed over two veteran democratic House members, signalling the end of their careers in Washington. 10-term congressman Tim Holden, a centrist democrat and the state's longest-serving member of Congress, lost the nomination to attorney Matt Cartwright in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And Congressman Mark Critz beat fellow Democrat Jason Altmire after redistricting had the two of them in the same district.

If you want to see a breakdown by district of how the races in Pennsylvania ended, go here.