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VIDEO Races, candidates in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary

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VIDEO Races, candidates in the 2018 Pennsylvania primaryVIDEO Races, candidates in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary

VIDEO Races, candidates in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary

In maiden creek township, >>>jaciel cordoba: today's the day!

Primary elections are underway across the state of pennsylvania.

It's also the first time voters will head to the polls with the new congressional district map in place.

The state supreme court threw out the map that was in place since 2011.

This shook up counties..

Dividing some congressional districts.

>>>jaciel cordoba: one of the races getting a lot of attention in our region is the newl?

Created 7th congressional district.

>>>joy howe: wfmz's julia rose breaks down the long list of candidates on the >>reporter: a hotly contested race?

For the new 7th congressional district.

The distric?redrawn this year by the state supreme court?

Includes lehigh, northampton and part of monroe counties.

Voters will take the first step toward electing a replacement for longtime congressman charlie dent who left office over the weekend.

On the ballot to fill his spot two republicans and six democrats.

The republicans: dean browning?a businessman, and marty nothstein?a retired olympic cyclist.

Vying for the democratic nomination northampton county district attorney john morganelli, lafayette professor roger ruggles, attorney susan wild, community organizer greg edwards, retired youth caseworker david clark, and executive director of lehigh valley active life rick daugherty.

The journey to the primaries has been an expensive one for contenders and outside groups?according to the center for responsive politics, candidates spent 1.4 million dollars on advertising and outside groups spent upwards of nearly a million.

Under pennsylvania law, independent voters can't vote in primary elections?

Only those registered as democrats or >>>jaciel cordoba: berks county is now divided into three congressional districts instead of four.

There's plenty of competition from both parties in the newly created 9th district.

Gary wegman, denny wolff and laura quick are all seeking the nomination on the democratic side.

On the republican side... dan meuser , george halcovage >>>jaciel cordoba: there's also a thre?way fight in the new 4th congressional district for the democratic nominee.

The candidates are madeleine dean... joseph hoeffel... and shira goodman.

>>>joy howe: republican voters across the commonwealth will weigh in on a pair of big statewide races.

Voters will decide who will challenge democratic governor tom wolf in november.

Three people are vying for the nomination.

They are state senator scott wagner... >>>joy howe: there is one u.s. senate race.

State representative jim christiana and congressman lou barletta will battle it out for the republican nomination.

The winner will go up against democratic >>>joy howe: once again, polls will close tonight at 8 ?m.

Be sure to join us at 9 ?

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