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Despite lack of spotlight, PA treasury race has stakes

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 12, 2016 9:05 PM

Democratic contender for Treasurer Joe Torsella speaks at a Hillary Clinton rally. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- It's a big election year in Pennsylvania, and not just because the state's an important one in determining control of the presidency and Senate.

There are also several down-ballot state contests, which have so far been largely drowned out by the top of the ticket.

One of them is the race for state Treasurer, which is being fought out by Republican Otto Voit and Democrat Joe Torsella.

Voit is the former president of the Keystone Dental Group, and Torsella has served in various political capacities, including as an ambassador to the UN.

Both have aligned themselves squarely with the presidential candidates for their respective parties; Torsella has campaigned for Clinton in the commonwealth, and

Voit has become something of a fixture at GOP nominee Donald Trump's Pennsylvania rallies.

He was the first statewide candidate to endorse the businessman, and falls in line with virtually all of Trump's platforms.

"I will not waver, nor will I back down in my support of Donald J Trump," he told a cheering crowd at a recent Trump event in Wilkes-Barre.

This election comes with Pennsylvania facing significant deficits. The current treasurer has a $2.5 billion line of credit extended to the state, which is being used to pay immediate expenses.

It's also a rocky time for previous office-holders. Two out of the three most recent treasurers have been federally charged.

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