Pennsylvania’s general-election match-ups are set after Tuesday’s primaries. Democrats tapped nominees in competitive primaries in two battlegrounds. Philanthropist Scott Wallace (D) will take on Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) in PA-01 and former Allentown city solicitor Susan Wild (D) will face former Olympic medalist Marty Nothstein (D) in the open PA-07 race.
Meanwhile, women dominated in several open-seat contests in PA-04, PA-05, and PA-05. The first two are safe, Democratic seats, meaning that Pennsylvania is all-but-guaranteed to add at least a couple women to its currently all-male delegation.
Another interesting outcome: state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) lost a second attempt to come to Congress. He was bested by state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R) in the PA-14 primary.
PA-01: Wallace trounced former Navy prosecutor Rachel Reddick (D) by 20 points in the primary for this Bucks County-based seat. He outspent her 16 to 1 on the airwaves. The DCCC released a poll (May 12-14; 540 LVs; +/- 4.2%) following his primary win showing him trailing Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) by just 2 points, 48 percent to 46 percent. The generic ballot in the district found a voters favor a Democrat by 3 points, 48 percent to 45 percent. Polling in the district found both President Trump underwater at 40/53 and the new GOP tax plan underwater at 42/47. (release)
The Congressional Leadership Fund released a statement hitting Wallace as “a multimillionaire Democrat who has lived in South Africa for the past decade and is trying to buy a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania.” (release)
PA-04: State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D) dominated the three-way primary for this safe, Democratic seat in Montgomery County. She took 74 percent of the vote, compared to former Rep. Joe Hoeffel’s (D) 12 percent and gun-control advocate Shira Goodman’s (D) 15 percent.
PA-05: Former school board President Mary Gay Scanlon (D) won a 10-way primary with 28 percent for this newly redrawn, safe Democratic seat. Former federal prosecutor Ashley Lunkenheimer (D) and former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer (D) took the next too slots with 15 percent, respectively. Rep. Pat Meehan (R) resigned, leaving this Delaware County-based seat vacant.
PA-07: Wild beat Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli (D) and pastor Gregory Edwards (D) with 33 percent of the vote. Morganelli received 30 percent and Edwards took 26 percent. Wild, who was backed by EMILY’s List, will face former Olympic medalist Marty Nothstein (R) in the general election for this battleground seat that former Rep. Charlie Dent (R) vacated.
PA-08: Businessman John Chrin (R) won a three-way primary to face Rep. Matt Cartwright (D). This northeastern Pennsylvania district became slightly less favorable to Democrats after redistricting.
PA-09: Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser (R) handily won the primary for this GOP-leaning open seat with 53 percent of the vote. Rep. Lou Barletta (R) is running for Senate. On the Democratic side, former state Agriculture Secretary Denny Wolff (D) won.
PA-13: Dermatologist John Joyce (D) won the crowded primary for Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R) open seat with 22 percent of the vote. State Sen. John Eichelberger (R) was next with 20 percent and state Rep. Stephen Bloom (R) took third with 18 percent.
PA-14: Reschenthaler beat Saccone by 20 points in the open-seat primary. Saccone had a massive name ID advantage from his failed bid in the PA-18 special election, but Reschenthaler had backing from big names like former Rep. Tim Murphy (R) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R).
Meanwhile, Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan (D) won an uncontested primary for the open PA-06, as did Rep. Conor Lamb (D) in PA-17. Lutheran Pastor George Scott (D) and Marine veteran Ron DiNicola (D) won the right to take on Reps. Scott Perry (R-10) and Mike Kelly (R-16), respectively. Both seats lean Republican but became slightly more competitive in redistricting.
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