Presidential hopefuls begin filing for Pennsylvania's ballot

| 18 Feb 2020 | 06:38

Pennsylvania. (AP) The first Democratic presidential candidates are filing voter signatures to get on Pennsylvania's primary ballot. The first to file was California billionaire Tom Steyer, submitting signatures on Feb. 13. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former vice president Joe Biden also filed. Pennsylvania is a late primary state but could be important if the eventual nominee remains in doubt past March, since Pennsylvania has the sixth-most delegates in the Democratic primary. President Donald Trump's campaign also filed his paperwork to get on the Republican primary ballot. Pennsylvania is expected to be a premier battleground state in the general election as Democrats vie to bring it back into the win column in November. Trump's stunning victory in Pennsylvania in 2016 helped pave his path to the White House, and no Democrat since Harry S. Truman in 1948 has become president without winning the state. In the Democratic primary, Pennsylvania is seen as friendly territory for former Biden, who has his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia and is also endorsed by most members of Pennsylvania's 10-member congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.