State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA 13) easily beat three opponents, including former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D), to win the nomination to replace Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the House. Former Army Ranger and CIA analyst Kevin Strouse (D-PA 08) will challenge Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) after narrowly beating scientist and businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton (D). And Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA 09) held off tea party challenger Art Halvorson (R).
Kevin Strouse: 18,428 (51 percent)
Shaughnessy Naughton: 17,610 (49 percent)
The primary pitted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which endorsed Strouse, against EMILY’s List, which endorsed Naughton. Naughton offered her support for Strouse’s race against Fitzpatrick. “It’s never easy to unseat an incumbent,” she said. “But he’s clearly shown he’s willing to put time and effort into it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bill Shuster: 24,106 (53 percent)
Art Halvorson: 15,761 (35 percent)
Travis Schooley: 5,802 (13 percent)
Shuster’s campaign was “fueled by an infusion of cash from stakeholders in the transportation industry, where he wields power as a committee chairman.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Brendan Boyle: 24,476 (41 percent)
Marjorie Margolies: 16,506 (27 percent)
Daylin Leach: 10,066 (17 percent)
Val Arkoosh: 9,299 (15 percent)
Margolies received national attention early in the race because of her connections to the Clintons. She is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, and Bill Clinton campaigned for her and appeared in a TV ad. Boyle raised the least amount of money in the race. “They say money always wins,” Boyle said before the election. “If we win, we show that’s not true.” (ABC News)
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