In 2013 Pa. primary, most action in the cities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Most of the action in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary will be in Democrat-controlled cities.

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz (BUHT’-koh-vitz) faces two Democratic opponents in his bid for a third term. There are competitive mayoral races in Pittsburgh and Scranton for nominations to replace incumbents who are retiring after this year.

In debt-saddled Harrisburg, Mayor Linda Thompson is hoping to overcome three primary challengers so she can seek a second term in November.

The only statewide contest is between Allegheny County Judge Jack McVay and Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph Waters for the Democratic nomination for an opening on the state Superior Court.

Political observers predict that about one in five voters will turn out at the polls.

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