- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on Pennsylvania’s primary (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty and Republican incumbent Pat Toomey didn’t waste any time going after each other after their Pennsylvania primary victories on Tuesday.

Speaking in Philadelphia, McGinty casts Toomey as an enemy of the middle class and women’s issues and says he wants to undo the progress made under President Barack Obama.

In a victory speech outside Pittsburgh, Toomey criticizes McGinty as being unable to point to a single policy area where she would separate from the “left-wing orthodoxy” of the Democratic Party.

McGinty won the Democratic primary against former congressman Joe Sestak (SEHS’-tak), Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and another candidate who trailed far behind.

She’s a former state and federal environmental policy official who got millions in dollars from the party and its allies to run her campaign.

Toomey ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

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11:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania primary voters have picked nominees for two open U.S. House seats.

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero won the Democratic nomination for an open seat in the Philadelphia suburbs and Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, won the Republican nod. Fitzpatrick is the brother of the incumbent, Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, who declined to seek another term.

In the Lancaster area, state Sen. Lloyd Smucker defeated activist Chet Beiler for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Joe Pitts. Smucker will face Christina Hartman, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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10:55 p.m.

A county commissioner from the Philadelphia suburbs has won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania attorney general.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro defeated two prosecutors, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, in Tuesday’s primary election.

He’ll take on the Republican victor, Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County, in the general election.

Shapiro and Rafferty are vying to succeed Democrat Kathleen Kane, who didn’t seek re-election amid criminal charges that she unlawfully leaked grand jury information and then lied about it. Kane denies wrongdoing.

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10:45 p.m.

An indicted Pennsylvania congressman facing his first primary fight in two decades has lost the Democratic primary just before the start of his federal corruption trial.

Eleven-term U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (SHAW’-kah fa-TAH’) was outspent in the race as he struggled to raise funds for both the campaign and his defense lawyers. He was ousted Tuesday by a 36-year state lawmaker, Rep. Dwight Evans.

Fattah served on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

He’s accused of accepting bribes and misusing campaign funds and charitable grants to enrich his family and friends.

He has called the seven-year FBI probe that’s ensnared his son and close aides a political witch hunt. He says he has done nothing wrong.

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10:40 p.m.

Donald Trump says Pennsylvania’s 54 free-agent delegates to the Republican National Convention have a “moral obligation” to vote for him given his commanding victory in Tuesday’s primary election.

The New York billionaire easily dispatched Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Pennsylvania, one of five Eastern states voting Tuesday.

Trump wins at least 17 of the state’s 71 Republican delegates. The other 54 can vote for whomever they want at this summer’s nominating convention.

Trump said in his victory speech Tuesday night that “we not only won, we won big” in Pennsylvania. He says “there’s a moral obligation, at least on the first round (of convention balloting), to support the person who won.”

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10:25 p.m.

Pennsylvania Democrats have gone with the party establishment’s choice for U.S. Senate, rejecting an ex-congressman who nearly won the office six years ago.

Katie McGinty is a former state and federal environmental policy official who got millions in dollars from the party to run her campaign. She also received the endorsements of top Democrats from President Barack Obama on down.

She defeated two-time candidate Joe Sestak (SEHS’-tak), a retired Navy admiral the party didn’t consider a team player. Two other candidates finished far behind in Tuesday’s voting.

McGinty will challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey (TOO’-mee) in the November election. Toomey ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

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10:20 p.m.

A state senator from the Philadelphia suburbs has won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania attorney general.

Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County on Tuesday easily beat former prosecutor and police officer Joe Peters to win the GOP nomination.

He’s vowing to restore credibility and public confidence in the 800-employee office.

On the Democratic side, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro holds a slight lead over Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala with over half of precincts reporting.

The candidates are vying to succeed Democrat Kathleen Kane, who didn’t seek re-election amid criminal charges that she unlawfully leaked grand jury information and then lied about it. Kane denies wrongdoing.

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9:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is name-checking several prominent Pennsylvania Democrats in her victory speech after winning the state’s primary.

Clinton is speaking in Philadelphia after her victory Tuesday over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic front-runner thanked Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Matt Cartwright from northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

She’s telling the crowd, “With your help, we’re going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with the most votes and the most pledged delegates.”

Early results from an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research shows Clinton won the primary on the strength of voters over 45 and those who thought pragmatically.

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9 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has defeated rival Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania, taking another step in her march to the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Democratic front-runner has deep family ties in Pennsylvania, where Clinton’s grandfather worked in a Scranton lace mill and her father, Hugh Rodham, grew up there and played football at Penn State. Clinton spent summers at the family’s summer cottage on nearby Lake Winola.

Both Clinton and Sanders, the Vermont senator, campaigned in Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Clinton is holding an election-night party in Philadelphia.

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8:20 p.m.

Pennsylvania Republicans liked Donald Trump, and it didn’t matter where they lived or how much money they made.

Early results from an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research shows Trump racked up majorities across demographic groups in Tuesday’s primary election.

The GOP front-runner won majorities of men and women, wealthy and working class voters, and Republicans who live in cities, the suburbs or in rural locales.

Trump easily defeated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who grew up in western Pennsylvania.

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8 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has swept to victory in the Pennsylvania primary, while Democrat Hillary Clinton is also looking to Pennsylvania to pad her lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The New York billionaire easily dispatched Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Pennsylvania, one of five Eastern states voting Tuesday.

Trump wins at least 17 of the state’s 71 Republican delegates. The other 54 can vote for whomever they want at this summer’s nominating convention, and it’s not clear how many of them will wind up supporting the GOP front-runner.

All of the candidates spent time campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the primary.

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5 p.m.

Elections officials in some larger Pennsylvania counties say primary voter turnout’s been steady but not overwhelming.

In the state’s Republican-heavy southcentral region, Lancaster County elections director Randall Wenger says he’s fielded no reports of lines for voters. He calls turnout “steady” and says voting is going smoothly.

Lancaster’s total turnout in the primary four years ago was 21 percent, but eight years ago it hit 35 percent, driven by interest in the hotly contested Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton race.

The turnout in Lehigh County, in eastern Pennsylvania, was 30 percent eight years ago, a mark elections director Tim Benyo predicts will be surpassed.

Across the state in Beaver County, about an hour northwest of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Elections director Dorene Mandity is bracing for the evening rush of commuters casting ballots.

She says polling places are reporting a steady, continuous flow of voters and lines in some larger precincts.

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9:50 a.m.

Voters in Pennsylvania are casting ballots on primary contests, including the state’s first competitive Republican presidential primary in decades.

Republican Laura Seyler calls Donald Trump a bully, and says that’s why she voted for him.

The 63-year-old buyer for a direct marketer says at a Hamburg polling place that she’s a “very solid (Ted) Cruz fan” but she thinks the country needs a bully like Trump to take the country back in the right direction.

Democrat Dan Hendel, an assistant manager at a state liquor store, says he voted for Bernie Sanders because his top concern is the environment. The 39-year-old former Green Party member switched parties so he could vote in the primary.

In addition to presidential candidates, voters on Tuesday will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general.

Pollsters expect a record Republican voter turnout, driven by the GOP presidential contest.

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7 a.m.

Polls are open in Pennsylvania as voters cast ballots on primary contests, including the state’s first competitive Republican presidential primary in decades.

In addition to presidential candidates, voters on Tuesday will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general.

Pollsters expect a record Republican voter turnout, driven by the GOP presidential contest.

Four Democrats are running for the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in November.

In a race for state attorney general, three Democrats and two Republicans are running to succeed Democrat Kathleen Kane. She’s facing trial and decided not to seek a second term.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

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12:07 a.m.

Attention will shift from the campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots on presidential primary contests and races for Congress and state offices.

Tuesday’s primary election includes the first competitive Republican presidential primary in decades.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have led opinion polls heading into the election, and Clinton will remain in Philadelphia on Tuesday night to await returns.

Pollsters expect a record Republican Party voter turnout. But they expect Democrats to turn out in lower numbers than they did in 2008, when Clinton faced off against then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Voters also will decide a hotly contested Democratic Party primary race for U.S. Senate. It’s down to Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak for the nod to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in November.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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