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Federal Court Takes Up GOP Challenge of New House Map

Daylin Leach won’t run for the new PA-04 seat.

Ally Mutnick
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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 26, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

“A new congressional map in Pennsylvania on Friday survived a request from eight of the state’s Republican congressmen that federal judges throw it out immediately, but the case remained far from settled days before candidates will start collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot. Hours after they were appointed to the case, a three-judge panel declined to temporarily hold up implementation of the map put in place by the state Supreme Court on Monday. … The three federal judges laid out a schedule for the parties to elaborate on their legal positions, including a March 9 hearing in Harrisburg.” (AP)

PA-02: Former Wells Fargo executive Michele Lawrence (D) will challenge Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) in this Philadelphia-based district. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PA-04: State Sen. Daylin Leach (D) officially ended his congressional bid in a Facebook post. “Leach’s statement, which was posted online shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, came a little more than two months after the Inquirer and Daily News first reported that eight women who had either worked for Leach or the Pennsylvania Democratic Party had accused the three-term senator of subjecting them to unwanted physical contact or sexually charged conversations.” He was recruited by national Democrats to run for the old PA-07, but was considering running in the Montgomery County-based PA-04.

Leach: “I typically do not back down from a challenge, but the more these individuals direct attacks at my family — including my children — the more we, as a family asked, ‘Is this worth it?’ and ‘What’s the big payoff?’” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PA-05: Former federal prosecutor Ashley Lunkenheimer (D), former CIA officer Shelly Chauncey (D), 2016 PA-02 can­did­ate Dan Mur­off (D) and medical researcher Molly Sheehan (D) all announced they will switch from the old PA-07 to the new PA-05, a safe Democratic seat. (Reading Eagle)

PA-09: Ber­wick Coun­cil­man An­drew Sheck­t­or (R) will jump from the old PA-11 to the new PA-09. Retired CIA officer Scott Uehlinger (R) will jump from the old PA-15 to the new PA-09. (Reading Eagle)

PA-10: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) announced he won’t run for Congress against Rep. Scott Perry (R). Redistricting made the seat marginally more competitive and DePasquale was viewed as a top Democratic recruit. (

PA-11: Non­profit ex­ec­ut­ive Jes­sica King (D) will jump from the old PA-16 to the new PA-11. (Reading Eagle)

PA-13: State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R) “announced Monday that he will continue his bid for Congress, seeking to represent citizens of the new 13th Congressional District.” He had previously announced a bid for the old PA-11, which Rep. Lou Barletta (R) is vacating. (Carlisle Sentinel)

PA-17: 2016 nominee Erin McClelland (D) will challenge Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) in the newly drawn district, which is more competitive than Rothfus’s old PA-12. “McClelland has challenged Mr. Rothfus twice before, losing by 62-38 percent in 2016 and by 59-41 percent in 2014. After those fights, her campaign committee holds more than $54,000 in debt with $861.89 in cash on hand.” Also expected to run in this district: former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb (D). (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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