Philadelphia Election Preview: Voters to pick governor, U.S. Senate nominees

Election 2022 Senate Pennsylvania Republicans
Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, moderator Greta Van Susteren, Carla Sands, David McCormick, and Jeff Bartos, (left to right) pose for photo before they take part in a debate for Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Republican candidates, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Grove City, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvanians will go to the polls Tuesday to select their party’s nominee in two nationally-watched races for governor and U.S. Senate.

In addition, Philadelphia residents will be voting in primaries for Congress and the state legislature, as well as deciding on several ballot questions and, for those living in one Northeast district, there will be a special election for state senate.

The importance of the election was underlined when the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion, which would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision, was leaked earlier this month.

If a Republican is elected governor and Roe is upended, GOP leaders in Harrisburg would likely attempt to push through legislation limiting or banning abortion.

Since the leak, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the only Democrat on the ballot, has repeatedly said he would veto any such bills. Gov. Tom Wolf, who is term-limited, has refused to sign several pieces of legislation seeking to curb abortion access.

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