Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians and Delawareans cast ballots Tuesday on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices.
Pennsylvania voters will decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general.
On the Republican side of the presidential primary, billionaire developer Donald Trump has topped opinion polls heading into the election, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the leader on the Democratic side, ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. [[377087581, C]]
Clinton planned to remain in Philadelphia on Tuesday night to await returns.
On Monday, candidates kept up a heavy presence in Pennsylvania, with Clinton, Trump, Kasich and Sanders appearing at multiple events, sometimes on opposite sides of Pennsylvania and even a stop in Delaware for Clinton. [[377091591, C]]
Pollsters expect a record Republican voter turnout in Pennsylvania.
But they expect Democrats to turn out in lower numbers than they did in 2008, when 2.3 million voters, or nearly 56 percent, cast ballots in the race between Clinton and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton won Pennsylvania by about 200,000 votes. [[377087821, C]]
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in both states.
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In congressional races, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia is running for a 12th term in a four-way primary as he faces trial on federal racketeering and bribery charges in May. [[377091791, C]]
Also, Democrats and Republicans are running to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Joe Pitts in southeastern Pennsylvania.