Big step in Pennsylvania's 2016 primary election begins

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 26, 2016 9:49 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A big step in Pennsylvania's 2016 election is beginning as hundreds of candidates for federal and state offices can start gathering signatures to qualify for the April 26 primary ballot.

Tuesday is the first day to circulate the petitions and among those who say they're swinging into action are campaign organizers for GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The deadline to submit the petitions is Feb. 16.

Pennsylvanians can expect contested primaries for president, as well as among Democrats seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and to replace the embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a fellow Democrat.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature's hopefuls include former NFL player Jon Ritchie. He's expected to be part of a crowded Republican primary field to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Vance in Cumberland County.

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