Pennsylvania results for every midterm race
Pennsylvania voters are going to the polls to decide races for governor, US Senate, and a bunch of important House races under a newly redrawn congressional map.
Sen. Bob Casey (D) has a challenger in Rep. Lou Barletta (R), and Gov. Tom Wolf (D) is running for reelection with businessman Scott Wagner (R) competing for his seat. Both Democrats are favored to win.
Pennsylvania is hugely important to Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House; there are nine House seats in play, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. And there’s important context for the 2018 House elections; the state’s electoral map was redrawn earlier this year after the state Supreme Court ruled the old maps were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander by Republicans. The new districts are much more competitive for Democrats than they’ve been in past years.
Some of the House races to watch include Pennsylvania’s Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and 17th Congressional Districts, all of which were Republican-held but are now rated by Cook as Likely or Lean Democratic. This is in part because of some Republican House members are retiring and in part because of the new maps. The state’s First Congressional District is also one to watch: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R), who currently represents the Eighth District, is being challenged by Scott Wallace (D) for control of the newly redrawn First District. Rep. Conor Lamb (D), who narrowly won a special election earlier this year in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, is expected to sail to victory in his new district, the 17th.
There is one bright spot for Republicans, who control both of the state legislature’s chambers. Daily Kos rates them as likely to keep both.
Even though Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016, his approval rating has taken a dive of late. Morning Consult finds his disapproval rating is over 50 percent.
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|DEM||Bob Casey, Jr||2,745,018||56%|
|LIB||Dale Kerns, Jr||50,368||1%|
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|DEM||Madeleine Dean Cunnane||210,219||63%|
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