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Central PA's best political panel weighs in on the issues, candidates and mood of the electorate for a 2012 Pennsylvania Primary Preview on Smart Talk, tonight at 8. Be sure to join the conversation at 1-800-729-7532 or email us at email@example.com.
Voters go to the polls across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 24. The presidential race tops the ticket although the air's come out of our balloon with former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's decision last week to drop out of the GOP race. His withdrawal all but assures the Republican nomination to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Yes, native Pennsylvanians Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the GOP contest but with very little chance of capturing enough delegates to deflect the nomination from Romney.
We also have a heavily contested GOP U.S. Senate primary for the right to face Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Casey Jr. in the fall. There are contests for U.S. House, state House and Senate seats, and two of Pennsylvania's three row offices – Attorney General and Auditor General.
Our expert panel features G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll and director of the F&M Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Robert Vickers, politics writer for Harrisburg's Pulitzer Prize-winning Patriot-News, Laura Olson, Harrisburg bureau chief for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Keegan Gibson, managing editor of PoliticsPA.com, the state's premier political-news website.
We want to hear from you: Which candidates inspire you, which issues drive your vote, how do you feel about the economy this election year? Share your thoughts with us at 1-800-729-7532, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, post a comment below this article, or on witf's Facebook page.
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