Headline RoundupApril 24th, 2024

Recapping the Pennsylvania Primary

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania went to the polls to participate in the commonwealth's primary election. Former President Donald Trump and President Biden won their primaries, as did progressive freshman Rep. Summer Lee (D). The Senate race was also set, with David McCormick (R) and Sen. Bob Casey (D) winning their primaries.

Key Details:  On Tuesday, Trump received over 83% of the Republican vote, with 92% of the votes reported. Former UN Ambassador Haley received more than 155,000 votes (about 17%) — an indication of Trump's difficulties in winning over Haley supporters. Biden won the Democratic primary with nearly 95% of the vote. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who dropped out of the race in March, received about 5%.

Key Quote: “The risk for Donald Trump would be that people would not vote because they’re not happy,” Irma Fralic, a co-chair of Women for Nikki and a Pennsylvania resident, said last month. “I think I speak for many people in that we’re extremely frustrated that we have Biden and Trump to pick from.”

For Context: Biden won Pennsylvania over Trump in 2020 by about 80,500 votes, and Trump won over former Senator Hillary Clinton in 2016 by about 68,000 votes. Polls show a very tight race between Biden and Trump in November.

How the Media Covered it: The Epoch Times (Lean Right bias) noted that Pennsylvania is an attractive swing state because the difference in registration between Democrats and Republicans is just 396,023 voters. The New York Times (Lean Left bias) focused on the fact that even through Trump won the Republican primary, he had a difficult time in convincing Haley supporters in Pennsylvania to vote for him.

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