Bob Casey and Lou Barletta cast their votes

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One statewide race grabbing the attention of the nation is the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

Both candidates casting their votes early this morning. Incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey and his family hitting the ballot box at Saint Peter’s Lutheran church in Scranton’s Hill section.  WBRE asked the Senator, first elected in 2006 about what runs through his mind now that election day is finally here. 

“There is so much at stake especially on healthcare,” said Senator Bob Casey. “And that was a major issue of course in the campaign. But after today, no matter what happens, I hope we can come together as a country and work on issues that bring us together like, in fact lowering the cost of healthcare covering the cost of prescription drugs.”

Election officials at this polling place in scranton told WBRE that the voting numbers are “off  the charts” so far today.

Looking to unseat incumbent democratic Senator Bob Casey is Republican challenger Congressman Lou Barletta. WBRE’s cameras were there as the 11th District Representative arrived to cast his vote at the Southside Fire Center Hazleton this morning. It’s familiar territory. Congressman Barletta was the city’s mayor before being elected to Congress in 2010.

Taking a look at the latest polls, Senator Casey has a seven point lead over Republican Congressman Barletta 51 to 44 percent.

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