In Central Pa., Midterm Elections Mostly Maintain Status Quo

Nov 7, 2018

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has won a second term, along with running mate John Fetterman. U.S. Senator Bob Casey also won re-election for a third term, beating Republican U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, who was supported by President Trump. The two races were called early on in the evening.

In the U.S. House races, incumbent Republican Tom Marino has been elected in the new 12th congressional district. In his acceptance speech, he vowed to represent and work for all in the district. Glenn Thompson won another term representing the 15th district. In the 13th district, Republican John Joyce is taking the seat vacated by Bill Shuster. All three districts had been predicted as safely Republican, and all three won with more than two-thirds of the vote.

Joyce called himself a “political outsider." “Voters wanted a new fresh voice who would not only listen to their concerns, but put the voters' priorities first," Joyce said. "That has been, and will continue to be, my pledge to all everyone across the new 13th Congressional district.”

In the State Senate, it looks like Republican Judy Ward has won the 30th district, which was vacated by John Eichelberger. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman held onto the 34th district. This will be his sixth term in that seat.

Corman declared victory Tuesday night, telling supporters he was "humbled and honored to continue this journey of representing the people of central Pennsylvania in the State Senate.”

The Republican incumbent in the 67th State House district, Martin Causer, will keep his seat. In the 76th district, it looks like Republican newcomer Stephanie Borowicz will win with about 54 percent of the vote as of Wednesday at 12:14 a.m. over Democrat Mike Hanna Jr, who was trying to take over his father's seat. Meanwhile, the Republican incumbent in the 81st State House district, Rich Irvin, will hold his seat. Kerry Benninghoff will continue to represent the 171st district.

These election returns are unofficial until certified.