Low Philly turnout seen in crucial Democratic city

November 2, 2010 3:11:37 PM PDT
The election watchdog group Committee of Seventy says it is seeing low voter turnout across four wards in Philadelphia, news from a crucial Democratic bastion that could be good for Republicans.

Voters in Pennsylvania's midterm election Tuesday are picking a new governor and U.S. senator, but Democratic candidates need strong support from Philadelphia to have a chance of winning.

The Committee of Seventy cited its observations in 56 districts.

Republican State Attorney General Tom Corbett cast his vote today near Pittsburgh. Corbett is running against Democratic Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. The winner will succeed Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

The candidates for the hotly contested Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate were out to cast their votes this morning.

Sestak hit the polls and greeted voters at a polling place in Gradyville, Delaware County. His Republican opponent Pat Toomey cast his vote in Old Zionsville, Lehigh County. He also greeted voters as they arrived at this location.

Action News has been following the close race in the 8th Congressional District in Bucks County. The Action Cam caught up with Congressman Patrick Murphy this morning. The incumbent democrat cast his ballot at the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County.

Murphy's challenger, Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, was in Levittown. He cast his vote at the Everitt Elementary School.

Candidates in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District cast their ballots this morning as well. The Action Cam was in Swarthmore, as Democratic candidate Bryan Lentz cast his ballot. Action News also caught up with Republican challenger Pat Meehan. He voted at a polling place in Drexel Hill.

The race for the 3rd congressional district in South Jersey is a tight one.

Freshman Democratic Congressman John Adler cast his vote today in Cherry Hill. He faces Republican challenger Jon Runyan. We caught up with the former Eagle offensive lineman voting in Mount Laurel this morning.

The Delaware Senate race is also capturing national attention. Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Christine O'Donnell are vying for Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.

Coons' family was there as he cast his vote this morning at Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington.

Christine O'Donnell was all smiles after voting this morning. Action News caught up with her at the Cab Callaway Charter School in Wilmington. O'Donnell is backed by the Tea Party. She defeated longtime incumbent Congressman Mike Castle in the GOP Primary.

In addition to the races for office, Philadelphia voters will have to decide yes or no on four ballot questions.

The first asks if the city charter should be changed to give Council the power to force companies doing business with the city, to pay certain wages and benefits to their employees.

The second is about modernizing the procurement process - in other words, allowing companies to bid electronically for city contracts.

Question Three is about preventing discrimination on the basis of ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability.

And finally, a bond issue: Should the city borrow more than $106-million for capital spending?

Here are the details on when you can vote:

In Pennsylvania and Delaware, the doors opened at 7:00 a.m.

The polls opened at 6:00 a.m. in New Jersey.

Closing time in all three states is 8:00 p.m.

You are legally entitled to vote if you are waiting in line before 8pm.

Volunteers from the League of Women voters will be here at WPVI today to answer any questions or concerns you may have about voting.

Pennsylvania League of Women Voters: (866) 978-4232
Delaware League of Women Voters: (302) 571-8948
New Jersey League of Women Voters: (800) 792-8683

It will be operating from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Stay with 6abc and 6abc.com for extensive Election Day coverage. Online you will find an interactive map that shows you where your polling place is located.

We will host a live web chat later today as results come in, and of course, we will have live reports from across the tri-state region. In addition, we'll have up to the minute returns and analysis of the results both on 6abc and 6abc.com.

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