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July 10, 2014, 11:14 pm

Go out and vote

Today is the Pennsylvania primary where voters get a chance to cast their ballot for a number of elective offices.

Republican voters will get to have a say on who they want to be their party’s nominee for president. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has dropped out of the GOP’s presidential race but his name will remain on the ballot. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will also be on the ballot.

Democrats and Republicans will vote for their party’s choice for U.S. Senate, U.S Representative, state attorney general, state auditor general, state senate and state representative.

For Philadelphians, the primary is crucial.

Philadelphia is a heavily Democratic city. Usually the person selected in the primary will get elected in November.

The Tribune has announced its endorsement list.

Most of the incumbents we support are doing a good job. In some cases the incumbent needs to improve, but the challengers are not ready. ncumbents can not continue to simply keep the seat warm or use the fact that they are in the minority party in the state legislature as an excuse not to get things done. Challengers need to do more than criticize. Challengers should offer realistic solutions and not empty rhetoric.

If you like the job the incumbent is doing it is important to show your appreciation for the job they have done by re-electing them to office. If you are dissatisfied and believe it’s time for a change support the challenger.

There are also some state representatives seats open because the current office holder has moved on to another position.

Send a message today: Either you want to stay the course and reward the current office holder or you seek change and want to support the challenger.

We encourage you to make your voice heard by voting in today’s primary.