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Tags: 2020 Elections | pennsylvania | conor lamb | sean parnell | susan wild | house | democrats

All House Seats Hold in Pennsylvania Races

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Rep. Conor Lamb, R-Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Saturday, 07 November 2020 01:06 PM

Pennsylvania returned all of the state's 18 members to Congress.

Three more congressional Democrats sealed victories, Reps. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., in the Pittsburgh area, Susan Wild, D-Pa., in the Allentown area, and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., in Scranton.

Lamb won a second full term in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District in the Pittsburgh area, beating Republican Sean Parnell in a race The Associated Press called Saturday.

Lamb declared victory late Wednesday, but the AP had not called the race at the time.

Lamb became a Democratic star in 2018 when he won two races in two districts that had been hostile to Democrats.

One was a special election in a district President Donald Trump won by 20 percentage points, and the other was a general election in a redrawn district against a three-term incumbent.

A freshman Democrat, Wild defended her Allentown-area seat against Republican nominee Lisa Scheller, a former Lehigh County commissioner.

Wild, a prominent lawyer in Allentown, had won her first term in 2018 with a 10-percentage-point thumping of her Republican opponent for what was an open seat.

Wild declared victory Thursday evening, before The Associated Press called the race Friday.

Scheller started a pigment manufacturer for paints, coatings and inks and touted her background as someone recovered from addiction and advocates for people in recovery.

The district was daunting for a Republican, as Democrats hold a 60,000-voter registration advantage.

Second-term Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., in Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia, won reelection after being a top target again for Democrats as one of just three House Republicans in the country running for reelection in a district Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Fitzpatrick, a mild-mannered former FBI agent who took over the seat from his late brother, had been challenged by a relative political unknown nominated by Democrats, Christina Finello.

Fitzpatrick voted for Trump's tax cut and opposed his impeachment. Finello attacked Fitzpatrick as too weak to stand up to Trump and silent in the face of the president’s worst transgressions.

Democrats have a roughly 15,000-voter registration advantage in the district, which Clinton won by 2 percentage points.

Cartwright, a four-term Democratic member of Congress from northeastern Pennsylvania, won reelection in a district where Trump is popular.

This time, Cartwright was challenged by Jim Bognet, a first-time candidate who won a six-person GOP primary, in part, by promising to be a staunch Trump ally.

The district is anchored by the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, both Democratic bastions. But the party's voter-registration advantage in the district — still at a considerable 58,000 — is shrinking, and Republican hopes of capturing it are perennial.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., has won a fifth term in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in the area around Harrisburg and York in central Pennsylvania.

Perry beat Democrat Eugene DePasquale, the state’s two-term auditor general.

Perry, a staunch Trump supporter and owner of one of the most conservative voting records in the U.S. House, hung on for another term in a district that has been gradually turning less conservative.

The race was Pennsylvania's most expensive this year, attracting more than $11 million in spending by outside groups after a Democratic opponent with little name recognition came within 2.5 percentage points of knocking off Perry in 2018.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., won a sixth term in a northwestern Pennsylvania district against a political newcomer, teacher Kristy Gnibus.

Democrats had viewed Kelly as potentially vulnerable after he won his race by 4 percentage points in 2018.

The district has a Republican registration advantage, about 22,000. But Democratic parts of the district took the same conservative turn in 2016 as other historically Democratic parts of Pennsylvania where residents are whiter, less affluent and less educated.

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Pennsylvania returned all of the state's 18 members to Congress, as three more congressional Democrats sealed victories, Reps. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., in the Pittsburgh area, Susan Wild, D-Pa., in the Allentown area, and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., in Scranton.
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Saturday, 07 November 2020 01:06 PM
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