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Hazleton native Jim Bognet among nominees for November election

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Democrat Josh Shapiro will face off against Republican Doug Mastriano for Pennsylvania Governor in the November midterm election, according to Tuesday’s unofficial primary results.

Hazleton native Lou Barletta was also on the Republican ticket for governor and despite winning most counties in Northeast Pennsylvania, he did not secure the nomination.

Austin Davis won the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. Carrie DelRosso is the Republican nominee.

In the Pennsylvania senate race to fill Pat Toomey’s seat, John Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor, won the Democratic nomination. David McCormick was narrowly in the lead on the Republican ticket late Tuesday in a tight race against Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was backed by former President Donald Trump.

In the 8th congressional district, sitting U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright ran in the primary unopposed and will face Republican and Hazleton native, Jim Bognet, in November.

The district covers all of Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties, along with portions of Luzerne and Monroe counties.

Both Democrat Amanda Waldman and incumbent Dan Meuser, a Republican, ran unopposed on their party’s ticket Tuesday. They will appear on November’s ballot for the 9th congressional district. The district covers all of Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour and Schuylkill counties and parts of Luzerne, Northumberland and Berks counties.

Turnout appeared low at several polling locations throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. At Heights-Murray Elementary in Wilkes-Barre, less than 90 people had voted by around 7 p.m.

Bridget McGinley, a registered democrat from Wilkes-Barre, voted just after 7 Tuesday. McGinley wouldn’t miss an election regardless of the number of candidates running on her party’s ticket.

"In this area, people should really get out and vote, especially in primaries not just, you know, presidential elections," she said. "I’ve been voting since I was 18, I’ve never missed an election. It’s not that hard."

The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2022.

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.