The results are in for Pennsylvania’s 2018 primary election.
Voters registered as either Democrats or Republicans cast ballots Tuesday to nominate candidates for November’s general election. Offices included governor, lieutenant governor, one U.S. Senate seat, all 18 U.S. House of Representative seats in newly drawn districts, 25 of 50 state Senate seats, and all 203 seats in the state House of Representatives.
Who will be facing whom in November
Lieutenant Governor: Democrat John Fetterman will face Republican Jeffrey Bartos.
First Congressional District (Bucks): Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick will face Democrat Scott Wallace.
Second Congressional District (Philadelphia/Montgomery County): Democrat Rep, Brendan Boyle will face Republican David Torres.
Third Congressional District (Philadelphia): Democrat Rep. Dwight Evans will face Republican Bryan Leib.
Fourth Congressional District (Montgomery County): Democrat Madeleine Dean will face Republican Daniel David.
Fifth Congressional District Philadelphia/Delaware/Montgomery Counties): Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon will face Republican Pearl Kim.
Sixth Congressional District (Chester County): Republican Gregory Michael McCauley Sr. will face Democrat Christina Houlahan (Both were unopposed in the primary.)
Full results can be viewed at Pennsylvania’s elections result website.
Here are earlier updates from Tuesday’s primary:
Scott Wallace wins Democratic primary in First District
Democrat Scott Wallace, a philanthropist and grandson of former Vice President Henry Wallace, has won the Democratic primary in the First District. Wallace edged out Rachel Reddick, a mother and a veteran who was a registered Republican until 2016.
Wallace will take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who earlier in the evening handily won the Republican primary.
Rick Saccone loses … again
Exactly two months after having been upset in a special election in the 18th District by Democrat Conor Lamb, state Rep. Rick Saccone lost another election he was favored to win, this time in the Republican primary for the 14th District against state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler.
According to staff writer Jonathan Tamari, the GOP is almost certain to win the seat in the fall, thanks to a recently redrawn state map that makes the district more of a Republican stronghold. Reschenthaler will likely face former Ford executive Bibiana Boerio, who hopes to lead Democrats to another unlikely win in western Pennsylvania.
Scanlon wins Democratic primary in Fifth District
Mary Gay Scanlon, a Ballard Spahr lawyer and Wallingford-Swarthmore school board member, edged out former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer in the Democratic primary in the Fifth District. All told, there were 10 candidates vying for the chance to run against Pearl Kim, a former Pennsylvania senior deputy attorney general who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Fitzpatrick wins Republican primary in First District
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick handily defeated Dean Malik, a former assistant district attorney, in the Republican primary in the First District. Fitzpatrick will take on Democrat Scott Wallace.
According to staff writer Claudia Vargas, Fitzpatrick’s reelection bid in the swing district in Bucks County will be one of the most closely watched races come this fall as Democrats try to flip the U.S. House of Representatives from red to blue.
John Fetterman wins Democratic primary for lieutenant governor
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, whom my colleague Tom Fitzgerald described as “a gruff-talking populist with a master’s from Harvard,” has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, defeating both incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and Nina Ahmad, a former deputy mayor for public engagement in the Mayor Kenney’s administration. According to staff writer Angela Couloumbis, Stack is the first lieutenant governor in modern Pennsylvania history to lose reelection in a primary.
Fetterman will face Lower Merion real-estate executive Jeff Bartos, who easily defeated his three Republican primary contenders.
Madeleine Dean wins Democratic primary in Fourth District
State Rep. Madeleine Dean won the Democratic primary in the Fourth District, increasing the chances that at least one woman will break into Pennsylvania’s all-male delegation. Dean will face Republican Dan David, founder of an equities markets research firm called GeoInvesting. David ran unopposed in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the Montgomery County district.
Philly voters approve all three ballot questions
On Tuesday, voters also approved three proposed amendments to the city charter — adding at least $500,000 to the Police Advisory Commission’s annual budget, granting City Council the power to approve new members of the Philadelphia Board of Education and providing mandatory training to all city employees about sexual harassment in the workplace.
All Philadelphia voters, regardless of political party, were able to vote on the ballot questions, which amend the city charter.
Wagner wins Republican primary for governor
State Sen. Scott Wagner, of York County, has won the Republican primary for governor, edging out former health care consultant Paul Mango and Pittsburgh lawyer Laura Ellsworth in what became an acrimonious contest.
“Campaigns are tough, and this campaign was no exception,” Wagner told supporters Tuesday night. “Starting tomorrow morning, I am looking forwarded to a unified Pennsylvania Republican party,”
The win sets the stage for a fall showdown with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran opposed Tuesday night and, like Wagner, happens to be a millionaire from York.
Lou Barletta wins Republican primary for U.S. Senate
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, of Luzerne County, has won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, fending off State Rep. Jim Christiana of Beaver County. Barletta will challenge incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, a two-term Democrat who is unopposed in his party’s primary.
Dwight Evans wins in Third District
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, who is seeking a second term, defeated Pastor Kevin Johnson in the Democratic primary in the Third Congressional District in Philadelphia. Evans will face Republican Brian Lieb, who ran unopposed, in November’s general election.
Brendan Boyle wins in Second District
In the first local race to be called Tuesday night, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle won the Democratic primary in the Second Congressional District as expected, defeating former Wells Fargo regional vice president Michele Lawrence. Boyle will face Republican David Torres, who ran unopposed, in November’s general election for the Philadelphia seat.
One polling place to remain open late
According to the Department of State, voting hours at the Delaware Water Gap Borough Municipal building have been extended to 10:30 p.m. The polling place serves Delaware Water Gap borough, and according to acting Secretary of State Robert Torres, the location was closed several hours due to a gas leak.
It is the only polling place in the entire state with extended hours.
It’s going to be a wild night, no matter what
Whatever happens tonight, PA is going to have new Reps in AT LEAST 7 out of 18 congressional seats next year. That's quite an upheaval. (and 8 of 18 new compared to the delegation elected in 2016)
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) May 16, 2018
For those keeping track at home, here's a primer on Pennsylvania's wild US House races: 18 seats, 7 open seats, 21 contested primaries, 84 candidates, 20 female candidates, 64 male candidates, 11 incumbents, 47 Democrats, 26 Republicans. Got that?
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) May 16, 2018
What to watch for as results come in
Staff writer Jonathan Tamari rounded up what to watch in Pennsylvania when results results come in this evening. What he’s keeping an eye on:
- Can women break through?
- What impact does President Trump have?
- The money vs. the military choice in the Bucks-based First District
- What happens in the Fourth District, where Montco is all-but-assured of sending a home-county rep to Congress
- Chaos and opportunity in the new Fifth District
- The wide open Seventh District
- Bernie Sanders still on the national stage
As we await the results, RAINBOW!
As polls close, there is a giant, bright Lucky Charms style rainbow over Philly. (And no, I have no idea what that all means) pic.twitter.com/12OGYDRt9J
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) May 15, 2018
Rainbow over Devon, PA pic.twitter.com/9GT8Ku2laD
— Dan Geringer (@DanGeringer) May 15, 2018
— Hadas Kuznits (@hadaskuznits) May 16, 2018
Storms, power outages delay ballot counts
Pennsylvania's Dept. of State says severe storms have led to power outages in various locations – Carbon, Pike and Luzerne counties reported storm damage – but it is unclear whether that has led to any problems in voting. DOS to give update at 9 p.m.
— Angela Couloumbis (@AngelasInk) May 15, 2018
Severe thunderstorms caused headaches for election officials in several towns throughout the state.
Power outages in several towns in Lackawanna County prevented the immediate counting of some paper ballots because scanners couldn’t operate, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
In Cumberland County, three polling places lost power, but voting machines were still able to function thanks to battery back-ups, county spokeswoman Rachel Bryson told PennLive.com.
In Dauphin County, voting machines were running on battery backup power at several voting locations, director of elections Gerald Feaser Jr. told PennLive.com. In two polling places, power was out for about 15 minutes, then restored.
“Voters were using lights on their phone to see the ballot,” Feaser said.
Democratic turnout estimated to be higher than 2014
Jonathan Tannen, an urban demographer from West Philadelphia, has created a program aimed at tracking Democratic voter turnout in real time on his Sixty Six Wards data-based blog. It depends on voters to report where they voted (ward and division), the time and what their number was.
As of 7:30 p.m., Tannen estimated that over 184,000 Democrats in Philadelphia cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary. That tops the Democratic turnout in 2014, the last mid-term primary, where 165,382 Democrats voted.
Democrats far outnumber Republicans in Philadelphia. Tannen has not yet figured a way to measure GOP turnout. There are 799,000 registered Democrats and 117,000 Republicans out of a total of 1.035 million registered voters in the city.
Enthusiasm and acrimony
According to staff writer Vinny Vella, a steady stream of enthusiastic Democrats and Republicans cast ballots with change on their minds.
“This is the time we’re going to have to come out to make up for two years ago,” Scott Lohbauer, 34, a Democrat, told Vella outside the East Passyunk Community Center. “It’s nice to be part of a blue wave.”
“What I’m seeing going on, what’s in the news about jobs being lost, it upsets me,” Bob McGill, 55, said outside a fire hall in Folsom, Delaware County. “We’ve got to start local, if we’re going to start somewhere. We need to put people in office that we think will look out for us.”
Some voting booths were crowded:
Election Day ritual endures
It wouldn’t be an election day without pols and power brokers sitting down at designated eateries in the city to break bread and schmooze.
Our Chris Brennan and Holly Otterbein went to the Famous Fourth Street Deli to take in the scene.
More scenes from Famous Fourth Street Deli today. Big heads and backwards baseball caps and “Feel the Bern.” pic.twitter.com/csyEgw5Wb1
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) May 15, 2018
— Chris Brennan (@ByChrisBrennan) May 15, 2018
For some reason, members of Dem power John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty’s the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 once again carried large face posters of Mayor Kenney, even though he is not running for anything. Gov. Wolf, who also got a giant face poster, is on the ballot, but since he is unopposed we can call his election here and now unless there is some mysterious and powerful write-in campaign underway.
— Chris Brennan (@ByChrisBrennan) May 15, 2018
Where you live has not changed. Your congressional district may have
This is the first election using newly redrawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania.
Here’s a map to show the new lines. Look up your district and who’s running here. Aren’t those districts in Central Pennsylvania huge?