Hohenstein’s home turf gave him a boost

Hohenstein won the primary by building a solid base in his home ward, and expanding outward.

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What was Joe Hohenstein’s formula for winning last week’s Democratic primary in the 177th Legislative District?

Well, it started in his home 23rd Ward, where he took more than 75 percent of the vote.

Hohenstein, an immigration lawyer, also won the 31st and 41st wards and finished second in three other wards.

Sean Kilkenny won the 55th and 64th wards, which were his base, but finished last in four wards, dooming his chances.

Maggie Borski won the 25th and 45th wards, but with nowhere near the numbers she needed.

Overall, Hohenstein took 37 percent of the vote. Kilkenny and Borski each took 24 percent, with Kilkenny placing second by seven votes. Dan Martino received 15 percent.

In the general election, Hohenstein will face Republican Patty-Pat Kozlowski, a community activist and former city parks director who was unopposed in the primary.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is criticizing U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. for opposing Gina Haspel’s nomination to be the first woman to lead the CIA.

NRSC spokesman Bob Salera said Casey, who also opposed Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be Secretary of State, is siding with far-left coastal elites by voting to jeopardize national security.

“Though he claims to be willing to work across the aisle, Bob Casey has not shied away from opposing President Trump’s agenda at every opportunity,” Salera said.. “Opposing Haspel’s eminently qualified nomination is yet another example of Casey’s decision to play partisan games in Washington — and Pennsylvanians deserve better than that.”

State Sen. Scott Wagner’s campaign for governor is contrasting the lower energy bills connected to President Trump’s tax reform package with Gov. Tom Wolf’s

Last year, Wolf supported a bill that would place a gross receipts tax on natural gas, electric and telecommunications bills, costing consumers $405 million.

“When it comes to sticking those he serves with tax increases,” said Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo, “Tom Wolf has made it clear that the money President Trump is saving the people of Pennsylvania should belong to him. Scott Wagner is the only candidate in this race striving to make sure Harrisburg keeps its greedy paws off the president’s tax relief. If you are a Pennsylvanian who voted for President Trump on the premise that he would lower your taxes, why would you ever give Tom Wolf another term?” ••