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Presidential hopefuls to open State College offices

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton spar during a Democratic presidential primary debate in February. Sanders and Clinton will open offices in State College soon.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton spar during a Democratic presidential primary debate in February. Sanders and Clinton will open offices in State College soon. The Associated Press, file

An election season that has featured more sound bites than sound debates is about to hit Centre County.

Democratic presidential candidate hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will open offices in State College soon, according to each campaign’s website.

Clinton’s office will host an official opening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at 315 S. Allen St. Sanders’ office is located at 426 S. Allen St., though no official opening was announced.

No office openings in Centre County have been announced by Republican presidential candidate hopefuls John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania has 71 Republican delegates and and more than 200 Democratic ones. The conventions will occur back to back in July, with the Republicans first in neighboring Ohio and the Democrats next in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania’s primary is on April 26. The presidential primary is almost a month earlier than last year’s May 19 election day.

Clinton and Trump are the favorites to win their respective primaries in the Keystone State, according to fivethirtyeight.com, which compiles polls and forecasts election results.

Clinton spokesman Patrick Burgwinkle said the campaign won’t take anything for granted in the state.

“We’re having conversations with voters across Pennsylvania about Hillary Clinton’s lifelong commitment to breaking down the barriers that hold American families back and are working hard to earn the support of Pennsylvanians for the April 26 primary,” he said.

Kasich spokesman Mike Schrimpf believes that they will do well in Pennsylvania.

“We are still developing Gov. Kasich’s schedule, so he will spend time in Pennsylvania and has spent time in Philadelphia already,” Kasich spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. “(Pennsylvania) is where the governor was born. It’s a little too early for us to say when he will be in central Pennsylvania. We develop the governor’s schedule on a week-by-week basis.”

In Pennsylvania, a different race is already red-hot. The Senate campaign for the seat held by Republican Pat Toomey has been going on for almost as long as the presidential race.

Toomey’s three Democratic challengers, retired admiral Joe Sestak, former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, will meet in Happy Valley this weekend for a debate at 8 p.m. Saturday at WPSU.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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