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Biden vs Trump and Casey vs McCormick set for Pennsylvania general election

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 23, 2024

The two races at the top of the primary ballot for Democrats and Republicans were already decided before Pennsylvanians headed to the polls on Tuesday, but the Associated Press made it official in Pennsylvania just after polls closed at 8 p.m.

President Joe Biden  was projected to win the Democratic primary, with 93.1% of the vote as of 10:27 p.m. Tuesday.Former President Donald Trump was projected to win the GOP primary, with 83.3% of the vote at 10:27 p.m. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race shortly after Super Tuesday in March, won 1.67% of the votes in Pennsylvania’s GOP primary.

The two now march on to a 2024 rematch in November.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Republican challenger David McCormick were the only candidates to appear on their party’s primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

And with the primary election nearly in the rearview mirror for Pennsylvania, both races have already shifted their focus towards the general election. 

Biden stopped in ScrantonPittsburgh, and Philadelphia last week in a series of campaign events highlighting his support for a change to the nation’s current tax policies, promoting his administration’s support of building trade unions, and to celebrate endorsements he received from several members of the Kennedy family. After Thursday’s appearance in Philadelphia, he has now made seven trips to the Keystone State in 2024. 

Trump has made four visits to Pennsylvania so far this year, with his most recent appearance on April 13 for a fundraiser in Bucks County and a rally in the Lehigh Valley.

Political observers will be keeping an eye on the final vote tally for Biden and Trump on Tuesday, with some tracking whether an initiative to write in “uncommitted” on their ballots as a protest against Biden’s policy on the war in Gaza, has any significant impact. 

 Republican David McCormick (l) and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey are vying for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat (Capital-Star composite image)

Casey, who is seeking a fourth term in office and is once again unopposed for the Democratic Party nomination, held a press call on Saturday where he detailed the differences between himself and McCormick. Casey is currently on a week-long bus tour across the state promoting his candidacy. 

Unlike in 2022, when McCormick came up less than 1,000 votes short of earning the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate against Mehmet Oz, he doesn’t have to prepare himself for a long night watching returns on Tuesday. 

McCormick has also been traveling around the commonwealth campaigning against Casey and will be on a bus tour along with the other Pennsylvania GOP endorsed statewide candidates on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Casey and McCormick have been on Pennsylvania’s television airwaves since March with multiple ads and both campaigns have already raised millions of dollars, setting up for an expensive showdown in November.

Recent polling shows Biden and Trump neck and neck for Pennsylvania’s 19 electoral votes, while Casey has an edge over McCormick at this point in the campaign.

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