A rather low-key, predictable Primary Election played out Tuesday.
Tuesday's election served as a mere stage-setter for a fall election that will settle races for the nation's presidency, a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, a state senate seat and two of the region's state representatives.
Opening act or not, a 27-percent voter turnout is nothing to feel proud about.
There are a couple of ways to look at the turnout. On one hand it can be read as fresh evidence that voters just aren't moved by what they are being offered in the way of political candidates these days. On the other hand it can be read as voters sizing up that there wasn't much to vote for Tuesday.
In the fall, voters will have plenty to vote for and we would hope that will mean a turnout befitting the world's exemplary democracy.
As for Tuesday, Republican voters did decide to send Tom Smith into battle in the fall against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Smith won a contentious race over four other Republicans but will face quite a formidable incumbent in Casey.
In the race for the Republican nominee for the 83rd District state representative district, a seat held by Democrat Rick Mirabito, GOP voters chose Harry Rogers Jr., though Chris Bain received significant write-in support.
Beyond those two races, Tuesday was mostly about local incumbents posting dominant wins over mostly insignificant opposition.
Much more will be on the line in November and voters have six months and change to educate themselves so they can vote with purpose.