Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro, U.S. House candidate Dwight Evans and U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty.

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Maybe you’re the type of person who follows the crowd. Or maybe you just have no idea who you’re going to vote for in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday and want to see how groups and politicians you’re a fan of are voting. Either way, you’ve come to right place.

Before you read on, make sure to check out Billy Penn‘s full procrastinator’s guide to the primary to learn the basics about who is going to be on the ballot. Below, we have compiled the endorsements for the major races you’ll see on the ballot. For many of the candidates, especially presidential, we included relevant Pennsylvania and Philadelphia endorsements. (So no, we didn’t include that random state representative from Nowhereville, RandomState who probably endorsed someone on this list.)

Email me at and let me know if there are any major endorsements we missed. We’d be happy to include them before Tuesday’s primary. Here’s your list of who’s supporting who:


Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hillary Clinton (D)

  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Attorney General Kathleen Kane
  • U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty
  • David L. Cohen
  • Equality Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Penn Democrats

Bernie Sanders (D)

  • U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman
  • Philadelphia Tribune

Donald Trump (R)

  • U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta
  • U.S. Rep. Tom Marino
  • State Sen. candidate Ross Feinberg

Ted Cruz (R)

We struggled to find Pennsylvania endorsements for Ted Cruz. Let us know when you find some…

John Kasich (R)

  • Former Gov. Tom Ridge
  • Former Gov. Dick Thornburg
  • U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent
  • Robert Jubelirer, former Lt. Gov.
  • State Sen. President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia Tribune

U.S. Senate

John Fetterman, Katie McGinty, Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey
John Fetterman, Katie McGinty, Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey

Katie McGinty (D)

A former Pennsylvania EPA head under Gov. Ed Rendell and the former Chief of Staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, McGinty is the candidate representing the capital-E Establishment. She has by far the most support from other Democrats, has boatloads of money being poured into her campaign by top Senate fundraisers and has secured more labor endorsements than her competitors.

  • President Barack Obama
  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • EMILY’s List
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • United Ward Leaders of Color
  • Ocean Champions
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
  • Equality Pennsylvania
  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Congressman Bob Brady
  • Congressman Mike Doyle
  • U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
  • Michael Nutter, Philadelphia (Former)
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Philadelphia City Council At-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz
  •  Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke
  • Philadelphia City Council At-Large William Greenlee
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla
  • State Sen. Vincent Hughes
  • SEIU
  • United Steelworkers
  • Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 19
  • Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542
  • Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council
  • American Federation of Teachers – PA
  • International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 8
  • Iron Workers Local Union 3
  • Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Boilermakers Trade Unions Locals 13, 154 & 19
  • Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local 1
  • Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Penn Democrats

Joe Sestak (D)

A former U.S. Congressman and Navy Admiral, Sestak has decidedly less support from other politicians and large groups but has led in nearly every Democratic primary poll conducted.

  • U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright
  • Manan Trivedi, nominee for PA-06 in 2010, 2012 and 2014
  • Council for a Livable World
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia Tribune
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Delaware County Democrats

John Fetterman (D)

A self-described socialist and Bernie Sanders supporter, Fetterman, the mayor of a small town in western Pennsylvania, has the fewest endorsements among his competitors, but did score a nod from the Harrisburg Patriot-News this week.

  • Harrisburg Patriot-News
  • Former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley
  • Pittsburgh NORML

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Dwight Evans (D)

State Rep. Dwight Evans has represented Northwest Philadelphia in Harrisburg for years and is now making his first run for Congress against longtime incumbent Chaka Fattah. Evans has won support from the likes the governor, the mayor and a variety of local and state politicians.

  • Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Philadelphia FOP
  • Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union Local 22
  • Rep. Brian Sims
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • Liberty City Democratic Club
  • Philadelphia NOW
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Penn Democrats

Chaka Fattah (D)

The longtime U.S. representative and West Philly native, Chaka Fattah is facing his first real primary challenge in two decades after being indicted last summer on corruptions charges. He’s still managed to win endorsements from the city committee and a number of labor groups and faithful pols.

  • Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
  • Philadelphia Tribune
  • District Council 33
  • SEIU
  • 1199C Hospital Workers
  • Steelworkers of Local 434
  • Black Ward Leaders Association
  • Congressman Bob Brady
  • State Sen. Vincent Hughes
  • State Sen. Anthony Williams
  • Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
  • Councilwoman Cindy Bass
  • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • State Rep. Rosita Youngblood
  • State Rep. Joanna McClinton
  • State Rep. Curtis Thomas

Dan Muroff (D)

The former head of CeaseFire PA, Dan Muroff is a ward leader running for Congress. His endorsements include a Montgomery County state senator and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • State Sen. Daylin Leach

Brian Gordon (D)

Gordon is a Lower Merion Township Commissioner eyeing a seat in Congress. We couldn’t find any major endorsements for the candidate, but let us know if we missed any.

Attorney General

John Morganelli, Josh Shapiro and Steve Zappala.
John Morganelli, Josh Shapiro and Steve Zappala.

Josh Shapiro (D)

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro has never been a prosecutor, but he’s a lawyer and has vowed to clean up the Office of the Attorney General. He has broad support from establishment-y types like, um, the President, and lots of labor backing.

  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
  • Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
  • Philadelphia Tribune
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5
  • Planned Parenthood PA PAC
  • Equality PA
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Democracy for America
  • Teachers (PSEA)
  • Nurses (PASNAP)
  • UFCW 1776
  • AFSCME 13
  • Laborers District Council
  • Plumbers Local 690
  • State Sen. Vincent Hughes
  • Sen. Art Haywood
  • State Rep. Donna Bullock
  • State Rep. Stephen Kinsey
  • State Rep. Joanna McClinton
  • Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke
  • Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym
  • Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green
  • Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker
  • Former Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco
  • State Rep. Leslie Acosta
  • Liberty City Democratic Club
  • Chester County Democratic Committee
  • Delaware County Democratic Committee
  • Montgomery County Democratic Committee
  • State Sen. Daylin Leach (Montgomery)
  • State Rep. Tina Davis (Bucks)
  • State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (Delaware)
  • Jack Stollsteimer, Frm. U.S. Attorney (Delaware)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia Federation of Teachers*

Update Monday April 25: Though the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers originally endorsed Shapiro, according to a press release that went out on April 9, that endorsement appears to have been rescinded. On Monday, PFT spokesman George Jackson would only say: “We do not have an endorsement” for attorney general.

Stephen Zappala (D)

The Allegheny County District Attorney doesn’t have as much establishment support as Shapiro, but he’s not far behind — and he has a key endorsement that could make all the difference in Johnny Doc’s deep-pocketed IBEW Local 98 union. He also has the support of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and a number of officials from both sides of the state.

  • IBEW Local 98
  • International Association of Firefighters Local 22
  • IAFF Local 1
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
  • State Sen. Anthony Williams
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Harrisburg Patriot-News
  • United Ward Leaders of Color
  • Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon
  • Philadelphia Councilman Curtis J. Jones, Jr.
  • Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla
  • Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz
  • State Rep. Jason Dawkins
  • State Rep. Rosita Youngblood
  • State Rep. Angel Cruz
  • State Rep. Ed Neilson
  • State Rep. Mike Driscoll

John Morganelli (D)

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli hasn’t garnered as much press in our area as Shapiro and Zappala, but he’s a star in the northeastern part of the state.

  • State Sen. Lisa Boscola
  • Former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham
  • Lehigh Valley Building Trades

John Rafferty (R)

State Sen. John Rafferty is running for attorney general and has a broad base of support in Pennsylvania including from the part, labor groups and newspaper editorial boards.

  • Republican Party of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Harrisburg Patriot-News
  • Pennsylvania State Troopers Association
  • Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police
  • Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association
  • Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
  • Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai
  • House Majority Leader Dave Reed
  • House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolf
  • ACTION of PA

Joe Peters (R)

A former cop and prosecutor, Joe Peters once served as a top drug official in Pennsylvania and prosecuted mafia members at the federal level.

  • Firearm Owners Against Crime‎ PAC
  • He also touts having an “A” rating from the NRA

State Senate 5th District – Kevin Boyle vs. John Sabatina (D)

This is the big state Senate race in Philly to care about. It’s a brawl between two well-established political figures in Northeast Philly. John Sabatina is the incumbent.

Kevin Boyle

  • Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police
  • Laborers District Council
  • Steam Fitters Local #420
  • Sprinkler Fitters #692
  • Plumbers Union Local #690
  • Transport Workers Union #234
  • Iron Workers #401
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees #8
  • IBEW Local 98
  • International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • SEIU State Council
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon
  • City Controller Alan Butkovitz
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Congressman Brendan Boyle
  • State Rep. Mike Driscoll
  • Democratic City Committee

John Sabatina

  • Lt. Gov. Mike Stack
  • AFSCME District Council 47
  • Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
  • The Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges & University Faculties
  • Communications Workers of America Local 13000
  • Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • CWA 13000
  • Pennsylvania State Troopers
  • Sheriff Jewell Williams

State House

None of the Republican races for Philadelphia state House seats are contested, but these Democratic primaries are. Here’s a look at some of the most heated races and who’s behind each candidate:

170th District – Fran Nelms vs. Matthew Darragh

Nelms is a former aide to Brendan Boyle. Darragh used to work for Mike Stack. They both won the endorsement of their respective old bosses, and the winner of the race will take on Republican Martina White in the general election. Darragh has the big endorsement from the party, though.

175th District – Sean Sullivan and Michael O’Brien (D)

Sullivan, a lawyer, is trying for the second time to knock off incumbent O’Brien, who has decidedly more support from current politicians. While Sullivan has the support of CWA Local 13000 and millennial PAC Philly Set Go, O’Brien has these people and groups on his side:

  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News
  • Sierra Club
  • Equality Pennsylvania
  • Conservation Voters of PA
  • Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

182nd District – Ben Waxman, Brian Sims, Marni Snyder and Lou Lanni (D)

State Rep. Brian Sims had put his hat in the ring to run for Congress but dropped out before the filing deadline. Now he’s being challenged by three opponents, including Ben Waxman, a former aide to state Sen. Vincent Hughes, who won the endorsement of the Democratic City Committee.

Sims has support from:

  • Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Philadelphia NOW
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania
  • Humane Society of Pennsylvania
  • Liberty City Democratic Club
  • Equality Pennsylvania
  • Americans For Democratic Action
  • Philly for Change
  • AFSCME 33

Waxman has support from:

  • 5th Ward of the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee
  • 8th Ward of the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee
  • The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
  • Senator Vincent Hughes
  • Former State Rep. Babette Josephs
  • AFSCME DC 47
  • Philly Set Go — Philly’s millennial PAC
  • Democratic City Committee

190th District – Vanessa Lowery Brown, Wanda Logan, Ray Bailey, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Ted Smith and Darryl Thomas

Vanessa Lowery Brown has held party support for her seat in the state House since 2009, but she was indicted and her most prominent challenger is Wanda Logan. She has run before in this race and has garnered support from groups like Action United. Lowery Brown has the support of the AFL-CIO.

192nd District – Steven Jones, Morgan Cephas, Jess Johnson, Edwin Santana and Lynwood Savage

Lynwood Savage has the support of party leaders while Morgan Cephas is a former aide to Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and was endorsed by millennial PAC Philly Set Go. Edwin Santana is a well-known neighborhood activist in the district.

195th District – Donna Bullock, Jamar Izzard and Jimmie Moore

Bullock, being a former aide to Council President Darrell Clarke, has some solid political support from leaders in Philadelphia. But Izzard used to work for State Sen. Anthony Williams and Moore sat on the municipal court for more than two decades.

200th District – Tonyelle Cook-Artis, Chris Rabb and Bobby Curry

Cook-Artis currently holds the seat after winning it in a special election and has the most support from pols in the district after working for Cherelle Parker, who used to hold the seat and is now a city councilwoman.

202nd District – Jared Solomon and Mark Cohen

Longtime state Rep. Mark Cohen this year lost the endorsements of the Democratic City Committee, though he still has plenty of friends in Philly. But his challenger Jared Solomon has locked down endorsements like:

  • Councilman Bobby Henon
  • Controller Alan Butkovitz
  • Philadelphia FOP
  • Plumbers Union Local 690
  • Philly Set Go
  • Democratic City Committee

Anna Orso was a reporter/curator at Billy Penn from 2014 to 2017.