2018 General Election Results

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2018 General Election Results


Democratic Governor Tom Wolf easily won re-election to a second a term in office by defeating Republican challenger Scott Wagner by a 58-41 margin. Pennsylvania will have a new lieutenant governor, the current Mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman.

United States Senate

Incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey won a third term in the United States Senate by beating Republican Congressman Lou Barletta by a 56-43 margin.

United States Congress

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. In Pennsylvania, five Congressional seats flipped party control from Republican to Democrat. Below is a breakdown of the Commonwealth’s 18 Congressional races:

  • 1st Congressional District: Incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick edged out Democrat challenger Scott Wallace by just over 2 points.
  • 2nd Congressional District: Incumbent Democrat Brendan Boyle won handily over Republican challenger David Torres 79-21.
  • 3rd Congressional District: Incumbent Democrat Dwight Evans easily defeated Republican challenger Bryan Leib by a 93-7 margin.
  • 4th Congressional District: In an open seat, Democrat Madeleine Dean won convincingly against Republican candidate Daniel David a 63-37.
  • 5th Congressional District: This was an open seat. Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon beat out Republican Pearl Kim.
  • 6th Congressional District: Democrat Chrissy Houlahan beat Republican Greg McCauley in this open seat formerly held by Republican Ryan Costello.
  • 7th Congressional District: Democrat Susan Ellis Wild defeated against Republican Marty Nothstei by double digits to take this open seat formerly held by Republican Pat Meehan who retired.
  • 8th Congressional District: Incumbent Democrat Representative Matt Cartwright held off a challenge from Republican John Chrin 55-45.
  • 9th Congressional District: This was an open seat formerly held by Republican Lou Barletta who ran for the United States Senate. Republican Dan Meuser (former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue) defeated Democratic challenger Dennis Wolff by nearly 20 points.
  • 10th Congressional District: Incumbent Republican Scott Perry held off Democratic challenger George Scott to win by 2 points.
  • 11th Congressional District: Incumbent Republican Lloyd Smucker handily defeated Democratic challenger Jess King by a nearly 60-40 margin.
  • 12th Congressional District: Incumbent Republican Tom Marino garnered over 66% of the vote in beating Democrat Mark Friedenberg.
  • 13th Congressional District: In this open seat, Republican candidate John Joyce beat out Democratic candidate Brent Ottaway by a 70-30 margin.
  • 14th Congressional District: In another open seat, Republican and State Senator Guy Reschenthaler defeated Democratic Bibiana Boerio by 16 points.
  • 15th Congressional District: Incumbent Republican Glenn Thompson cruised to victory against Democratic challenger Susan Boser, 68-32.
  • 16th Congressional District: Incumbent Mike Kelly narrowly outpaced Democratic challenger Ronald Dinicola by five points.
  • 17th Congressional District: This race was between two incumbents as a result of redistricting. Democrat Connor Lamb defeated Republican Cong. Keith Rothfus by a 56-44 margin.
  • 18th Congressional District: Democratic candidate Michael Doyle ran unopposed.

Pennsylvania Senate

Republicans will retain control of the Pennsylvania Senate, but Democrats gained 5 seats, mostly in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Senate majority now stands at

  • 10th Senatorial District: In an open seat currently held by retiring Republican Chuck McIlhinney, Democrat Steven Santarsiero defeated State Representative Margarite Quinn by a 53-48 margin.
  • 12th Senatorial District: Republican candidate Stewart Greenleaf, Jr lost his bid to replace his father in this open seat, getting defeated by Democratic candidate Maria Collett.
  • 26th Senatorial District: Democrat Tim Kearney won in an upset over incumbent Republican Tom McGarrigle 8 points.
  • 38th Senatorial District: Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams outpaced Republican Jeremy Shaffer by less than 1 percentage point in this Allegheny County seat. This was the seat formerly held by Republican Randy Vulakovich, who was defeated by Shaffer in the May primary election.
  • 44th Senatorial District: In a surprise victory, Incumbent Republican John Rafferty lost to Democratic challenger Katie Muth by a margin of 52-48.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Democrats picked up thirteen seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, closing the Republican majority to a 108-95 margin. Notably, ten Republican incumbents were defeated by Democrat challengers.

  • 53rd House District: In a race to replace retiring Republican Bob Godshall in Montgomery County, Democratic Steve Malagari upended Republican George Szekely.
  • 61st House District: Republican Kate Harper, an eight-term incumbent, lost to Democratic challenger Laura Hanbidge by 8 points.
  • 71st House District: Incumbent Democrat Bryan Barbin was defeated by Republican challenger James Rigby 52-48.
  • 74th House District: In an open seat vacated by retiring Republican Harry Lewis, Democratic candidate Dan Williams handily defeated Republican Amber Little-Turner by a 62-38 margin.
  • 76th House District: Democratic candidate Mike Hanna Jr., who was trying to win the seat left open by his father’s retirement, lost to Republican candidate Stephanie Borowicz 54-46.
  • 146th House District: Incumbent Republican Tom Quigley lost to Democratic challenger Joseph Ciresi 56-45.
  • 150th House District: Democrat Joe Webster defeated Republican Nick Fountain by a 56-44 margin in this open seat previously held by Republican Mike Corr.
  • 155th House District: Democratic challenger Danielle Otten handily defeated Republican incumbent Becky Corbin by a 55-45 margin.
  • 157th House District: Incumbent Republican Warren Kampf has always faced strong challenges in this seat. He lost to Democratic challenger Melissa Shusterman by a margin of 54-47.
  • 158th House District: Freshman incumbent Republican Eric Roe was defeated by Democratic challenger Christina Sappey 53-47.
  • 163rd House District: Two-term incumbent Republican Jamie Santora lost to Democratic challenger Michael Zabel 53-47. This is the first time in 40 years this seat will be held by a Democrat.
  • 165th House District: Incumbent Republican Alex Charlton was narrowly defeated by Democratic challenger Jennifer O’Mara 52-48.
  • 167th House District: Incumbent Republican Duane Milne lost to Democratic challenger Kristine Howard.
  • 178th House District: Incumbent Democrat Helen Tai lost to Republican challenger Wendi Thomas. Tai previously defeated Thomas in a May special election.

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