HARRISBURG, Pa. (WYTV) – Voters in Pennsylvania cast their ballots on Tuesday in the primary race.
The state is in the spotlight because neither party’s candidate has cinched the nomination.
This primary is the state’s first competitive Republican presidential contest in decades and it is touted as the biggest prize out of the five northeast states voting on Tuesday.
Harrisburg Republican Laura Seyler says Donald Trump is a bully, and that’s why she voted for him. The 63-year-old buyer for a direct marketer says she’s a “very solid [Ted] Cruz fan,” but she thinks the country needs a bully like Trump to take the country in the right direction.
Democrat Dan Hendel, an assistant manager at a state liquor store, says he voted for Bernie Sanders because his top concern is the environment. The 39-year-old former Green Party member switched parties so he could vote in the primary.
Fred Farrimond, 74 was anxious to get to the polls in Sharon. He has voted for more than 50 years, but this is the first time in decades that Pennsylvania’s primaries have been competitive.
“I generally vote in every presidential election anyhow, but yeah, this time I wanted to get my vote in,” he said.
Voters had strong views about who should be president and very powerful opinions about the tiresome talk along the campaign trail.
“I’m tired of them. Like this morning, Donald Trump was having a fit over the way John Kasich was eating. It’s just stupid. We have so much in this world that needs to be fixed, and they’re going after each other personally,” said Sarah Enos, of Sharon.
Voter Maxine Brown said she believes this year’s election is crucial for the United States.
“I think we need to work on getting people out to work,” she said.
In addition to presidential candidates, voters will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general.
Pollsters expect a record Republican voter turnout, driven by the GOP presidential contest.