Big step in Pennsylvania’s 2016 primary election begins

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania volunteers for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have begun gathering signatures to qualify for the state’s April 26 primary ballot.

Tuesday is the first day for hundreds of candidates for federal and state offices to circulate petitions to run as a Democrat or Republican in Pennsylvania’s 2016 election. Sanders’ Pennsylvania field director Andrea Putnam says a volunteer network is already hitting the streets with petitions, despite the heavy snowfall over the weekend.

The deadline to submit petitions is Feb. 16.

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

Ex-prosecutor Joe Peters says he may run for attorney general and give Republicans a contested primary.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature’s hopefuls include former NFL player Jon Ritchie. He’s aiming to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Vance in Cumberland County.

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