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A sign in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania asks drivers to support the Senate Candidacy of Dr. Oz. | Credit: Andre Carrotflower

A sign in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania asks drivers to support the Senate Candidacy of Dr. Oz. | Credit: Andre Carrotflower

October 4, 2022

How Pennsylvania’s Midterm Races Impact the Future of Politics

Ask Students: Why are some people watching races in Pennsylvania to try to predict the direction of politics in a wider part of the U.S.?

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Summary

With just over five weeks left until the midterm elections, we look at Pennsylvania and two high-profile races expected to have a significant impact on both the state and country’s political futures. Jonathan Tamari, national political reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Candy Woodall, Congress and campaigns reporter for USA Today, join Geoff Bennett to dig into the dynamics of both races. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions: Another Midterm Battleground

  • Who is running for governor and for senator in Pennsylvania this year?
  • What is the reason these races are considered important?
  • Why are some people watching races in Pennsylvania to try to predict the direction of politics in a wider part of the U.S.?
  • Where are some other important races, according to this story?
  • How are some the the ways the candidates have distinguished themselves?

Focus Questions

How do you think the issues that are driving the race in Pennsylvania a reflection of issues on many parts of the United States?

Media Literacy: Do you know how to find out more about the candidates running? Where would you go to get more information about the candidates running in your state and region?

Test Your Knowledge

Think you the key issues in the 2022 midterm elections? Take this Kahoot! quiz to test what you know.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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