The 2012 presidential race seems like it’s been underway for several years, with televised debates and the Sunday-morning talk shows spending months focusing on the race for the Republican nomination. But, this is the year voters will finally have their say on who the GOP candidate will actually be and whether President Obama gets a second term.
While the race for White House will get top billing throughout the year, voters will also be deciding on a number of high-profile federal and state elections.
It’s one of those years that journalists live for, because it’s a challenge to go beyond the soundbites to really look at how a candidate’s position on the issues will impact people’s lives.
witf is ramping up its plans to cover the races which decide if Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is reelected, who will replace retiring GOP Congressman Todd Platts, and if any of the region’s other congressional seats will change hands.
On the state level, Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson will follow campaigns for all three row offices (Auditor General, Attorney General and Treasurer) from the primary through the general election. Plus, half of the Pennsylvania Senate and the entire House will go before voters. Look for a multimedia approach to our coverage with interviews, profiles, features from the campaign trail, videos and more throughout the election season.
From stories on witf 89.5 & 93.3 as well as hearing from the candidates themselves on Radio Smart Talk and Smart Talk on witf TV, we plan to arm our audience with the contextual information they need to make the important decisions that await them on April 24th for the primary and November.
witf's election coverage is made possible with support by the Harrisburg office of the law firm of Saul Ewing LLP.
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