Tuesday marks the end of a truly bizarre primary season.
The most entertaining was the Republican presidential race, of course, featuring a curious cast of characters. It was hard to imagine most of them in the Oval Office, yet almost every one of them took their turn in the spotlight and atop the polls, their main appeal, apparently that they were not presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
Herman Cain, we'll miss you.
Michele Bachmann, you'll get another chance (after this -- hey, why not?).
Ron Paul ... oh, you're still here.
Here in Pennsylvania, we knew we were in for changes, this being a redistricting year. We weren't ready, however, for the laughably gerrymandered map the GOP-controlled Legislature produced.
We were even more surprised, pleasantly for a change, when the state Supreme Court rejected it. It was the right thing to do, of course, but rigging districts to benefit the party in charge is nothing new, and the court hadn't taken action since the current system was adopted in 1968.
By the time the court tossed the plan out, candidates were already campaigning under the proposed map, which added a new House district to York County in addition to changing boundaries.
As legislative leaders mulled their options, the deadline for filing petitions came and went -- with candidates not sure if they would even reside in the district they wanted to serve come election day.
Uncertainty and chaos was the norm until the Legislature decided to use the current map.
The new congressional map wasn't an issue, but the race has been anything but sleepy since Republican Rep. Todd Platts announced in January he wouldn't seek re-election. One candidate had already announced a primary challenge, but the ring was soon crowded with hats.
It's been a wild ride. We're almost sorry to see it end Tuesday.
The only thing left to do is perhaps the most difficult, if the poll commissioned by The York Dispatch is correct -- make a decision.
More than half of Republicans and almost all Democrats questioned had yet to settle on a candidate when the survey was done just a few weeks ago.
Turnout for primary elections is generally lower than for a general election, which is a shame, since this is when voters have the most choices.
If you want to have a say in how things are done in Harrisburg and Washington, get to the polls Tuesday.
You can find your polling place on our website, www.yorkdispatch.com, by clicking on the Election 2012 banner. You can also find candidate profiles, campaign finance information and our complete poll results.
Give this season the send-off it deserves -- with a vote.