Early Reports Show Strong Turnout in Pa. Election

Reports from around the state indicate that voter turnout is higher than expected

Early reports from around the state indicate that voter turnout is running higher than expected as Pennsylvanians pick a new governor and U.S. senator.

One poll watcher in the small Pittsburgh-area borough of Economy said Tuesday he's seeing strong turnout, while the Morning Call of Allentown reported above normal interest in several Lehigh Valley wards.

Roger Kowal, a Democratic committee member in Economy, says 370 people had voted by noon in a single polling station, a surprisingly strong showing.

The Morning Call cited a Bethlehem district judge of elections, Craig Hynes, as calling turnout above normal with 66 voters before 7:45 a.m.

Gregory Spearman, a ward leader in heavily African American west Philadelphia, says turnout is pretty good in the two districts from which he had reports.

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