Election 2018

Analysis: PA Dems May Have Made Gains Under Old Congressional Map

Feb 4, 2019
Keith Srakocic / AP

A PA Post/Keystone Crossroads analysis of 2018 midterm election results calls into question the idea that Pennsylvania's previous congressional map was a "voter proof" gerrymander in favor of Republicans.

Katie Meyer / 90.5 WESA

Though Pennsylvania’s state legislative elections are over and done, one Senate race is still under contention.

Democratic state Representative Tina Davis sought to unseat incumbent Republican Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson in the 6th Senate District.

Now, she is going to court over what her campaign says are restrictive election laws. 

Turnout Up, Everywhere In PA Since The Last Midterm

Nov 19, 2018
Emily Previti / Keystone Crossorads

Voter turnout was up in every county in Pennsylvania this year compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

Senate GOP Wants Democrat Lindsey Williams To Prove She Meets Residency Rule

Nov 15, 2018
Courtesy of Lindsey Williams for PA

Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Senate want a Democrat who is the apparent winner in the race for an open suburban Pittsburgh seat to prove she meets the residency requirement to serve in the chamber, senators said Wednesday.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Should President Trump worry about the results in Pennsylvania’s congressional races last week?

Yes.

Lindsay Lazarski / Keystone Crossroads

The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s absentee-ballot rules Tuesday, alleging that voters are being disenfranchised by the state’s tight deadlines for returning ballots.

Advocates Hope Wolf Uses Decisive Election Victory To Seek Large School Funding Boost

Nov 12, 2018
Katie Meyer / 90.5 WESA

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf won a second term by defeating Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

Matt Rourke / AP

A few of Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate races still aren’t finalized, but it appears legislative Democrats have picked up at least five new seats in the Senate, and 11 in the House.

The Women Who Won: Pennsylvania's Female Members Of Congress

Nov 7, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Tuesday's election saw Pennsylvania elect a state record four women to the U.S. House, smashing what had been an all-male congressional delegation in Pennsylvania since 2014.

Allegheny County Elections Map

On Tuesday, just over half of Allegheny County voters rejected a property tax hike.

GOP Absorbs Losses, But Retains Control In State Legislature

Nov 7, 2018
Lindsey Williams for Pa and Friends of Jeremy Shaffer

Democrats made significant inroads in both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature during Tuesday's election, but Republicans began the day with margins large enough to absorb those losses and still have comfortable governing majorities in both the House and Senate.

Fetterman Isn't Moving Into Lieutenant Governor's Residence

Nov 7, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's newly elected lieutenant governor said Wednesday he does not plan to move into the lavish state-owned official residence and hopes to make it available for some type of public use.

Matt Rourke / AP

High voter turnout, a record number of female candidates and vastly different messaging between the two major parties loomed large over Tuesday's midterm contests. 

VoteCast: Women, Young Voters Propel PA Democrats

Nov 7, 2018
Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Democratic incumbents in Pennsylvania's governor and U.S. Senate races each won another term by getting strong backing from women and younger voters, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

Elizabeth Allen for NPR

The president reacts after Tuesday's Democratic wave in the House and Republican gains in the Senate.

Matt Rourke / AP

Voting machine glitches, long lines and misinformation were among the problems that voters faced at the polls on Tuesday.

Democrats Win U.S. House Seats, Races For Governor, U.S. Senate

Nov 7, 2018
Associated Press/ Associated Press/Officer of Conor Lamb

Pennsylvania elected a state record four women to the U.S. House on Tuesday as Democrats smashed the state's all-male congressional delegation, picked up three seats in the chamber and ousted a three-term Republican.

Both photos via Facebook

Murrysville’s former mayor is headed to Harrisburg.

 

Republican Bob Brooks won Tuesday’s election for Pennsylvania’s 54th House district, defeating Democrat Jon McCabe by a roughly 20-point margin. The district includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

 

Campaign Websites

The chief of staff to outgoing state Rep. Hal English appears set to fill his seat in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s race for the 30th House district.

Republican Lori Mizgorski decided to run in July after her boss of five years, English, opted against seeking re-election despite winning the GOP primary just two months earlier.

She defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Monroe on Tuesday, according to unofficial election returns.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

A seat in the northwest Pittsburgh suburbs long held by a Republican will stay in GOP hands after Valerie Gaydos won Tuesday’s race for Pennsylvania’s 44th House district.

The Aleppo Township resident narrowly defeated Democrat Michele Knoll.

Republican Rep. Mark Mustio has held the seat the past 15 years. Earlier this year, he decided to retire.

SHARON GUIDI/NATALIE MIHALEK

Natalie Mihalek will represent the South Hills in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s election for the state’s 40th House district.

 

Her win ensures that the seat stays in Republican hands, as it has since the 1960s. The district spans Bethel Park, as well as Peters and Upper St. Clair townships.

 

Mihalek, of Upper St. Clair Township, defeated Democrat Sharon Guidi.

 

COURTESY OF LINDSEY WILLIAMS FOR PA AND FRIENDS OF JEREMY SHAFFER

Updated, 11/7/18 9:00 a.m. with latest vote totals

 

In a very tight race for the 38th state Senate district, Democrat Lindsey Williams declared victory, as her Republican opponent Jeremy Shaffer conceded on social media.

Facebook

Republican Mike Puskaric has apparently won the race for the legislative seat occupied by outgoing state Rep. Rick Saccone.

U.S. House, Campaign websites

Republican Rep. Mike Kelly will serve a fifth term in Congress, fending off a Democratic challenger Tuesday in his bid to retain his seat representing northwestern Pennsylvania.

Both photos via Facebook

Longtime state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe will retain his seat representing Butler County in Pennsylvania’s 12th House district.

SKOPOV CAMPAIGN/PA GOP

Pennsylvania’s speaker of the House won re-election Tuesday against a political newcomer.

 

Republican Rep. Mike Turzai will continue to represent the 28th House district north of Pittsburgh, defeating Democrat Emily Skopov.

Since 2001, Turzai has represented the district, which includes Bradford Woods and Franklin Park, as well as Marshall, McCandless and Pine townships. Both candidates live in Marshall Township.

PA House of Representatives and Facebook

Pennsylvania voters are sending a record four women to the U.S. House of Representatives.

All four victors are Democrats who won open seats in the Philadelphia suburbs and the Lehigh Valley. Three of them won in districts that had been under Republican control before the state Supreme Court redrew their boundaries in a bid to make them more competitive.

Pennsylvania had never sent more than two women to the House at any one time.

Summer Lee For PA/Sara Innamorato For PA / Facebook

Sara Innamorato sailed to victory Tuesday in the race for Pennsylvania’s 21th House district, despite a write-in campaign for her primary challenger, longtime Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa.

BOERIO CAMPAIGN/PA SENATE

Republican state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler will now represent the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania in Washington after winning the race for Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district.

 

Reschenthaler defeated Democrat Bibiana Boerio, a first-time candidate.

 

Under Pennsylvania’s new congressional map, the 14th district spans Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

 

Don Wright/AP, Conor Lamb for Congress

Democrat Conor Lamb has won the 17th Congressional District, earning his first full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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