HARRISBURG, Pa. - After a low-key, but contentious U.S. Senate campaign, Pennsylvanians on Tuesday chose between Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Tom Smith.
Tuesday's election in Pennsylvania also will help determine which party will control the U.S. Senate. Many voters are still learning the names of the candidates as they campaign in the shadow of the presidential race.
Casey is seeking a second, six-year Senate term. He's the son of the late former Gov. Robert P. Casey and a former state auditor general and treasurer. The 52-year-old Scranton resident and ally of organized labor is endorsed by nearly every newspaper editorial board in Pennsylvania.
Smith is a newcomer to statewide politics who is tapping the fortune he made in western Pennsylvania's coal mining industry to heavily outspend Casey. The 65-year-old is a tea party favorite who lives on the Armstrong County farm where he grew up.