What was thought to be a “Red Wave” for Republicans nationally turned into a mixed bag for both parties.
With several key races yet to be called, Republicans are projected to flip control of the U.S. House, albeit by a much narrower margin than previously thought. Pennsylvania will send nine Democrats and eight Republicans to Congress, as Democrats prevailed in contested U.S. House races in suburban Pittsburgh (PA-17, Open Lamb), Wilkes Barre-Scranton (PA-08, Cartwright), and the Lehigh Valley (PA-07, Wild).
In Pennsylvania, the story of the night was Lt. Gov. John Fetterman outrunning Dr. Mehmet Oz by just under 150,000 votes, according to the latest results, to flip Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Pat Toomey. The seat was central to both parties’ plans to control the U.S. Senate, with spending on the race totaling nearly $375 million.
Pennsylvania’s other statewide race was not as close, as Attorney General Josh Shapiro handily defeated state Senator Doug Mastriano. The latest update shows Shapiro running more than 600,000 votes ahead of his Republican rival.
The final composition and balance of power in the state legislature is not settled as of Wednesday morning with ballots still being counted in multiple races that remain too close to call.
Republicans have likely maintained the majority in the state Senate with incumbents from both parties fending off challengers and multiple state House members capturing Senate seats. Projections show Republicans with around 28 Senate members and Democrats with 22.
The situation in the state House is much less clear. Republicans are attempting to maintain their majority but working through various headwinds, including new legislative district lines that have so far favored Democrats as expected. Counting and adding in mail ballots continued as of early Wednesday, but an unofficial projection shows Democrats winning around 101 House seats to Republicans 100, with two additional Republicans clinging to extremely small leads.
Another complicating factor are three House seats that were won by Democrats but will require special elections next year: State Rep. Summer Lee elected to Congress; State Rep. Austin Davis elected Lt. Governor; and State Rep. Tony Deluca who passed away last month.
Please see below for the unofficial status of key races based on current numbers, though the situation is fluid as ballots are still being counted. We will continue to send daily updates.
A granular look at several Key Pennsylvania Legislative Races.
SD 6 OPEN-Tomlinson – RETIRED (Bucks) GOP Hold
Frank Farry (R) Unofficial Winner
Ann Marie Mitchell (D)
SD 10 Santarsiero (Bucks) Democrat Hold
Matt McCullough (R)
Steve Santarsiero (D)* Unofficial Winner
SD 14 OPEN-Yudichak – RETIRED (Lehigh) Democrat Pick Up Dean Browning (R)
Nick Miller (D) Unofficial Winner
SD16 OPEN-Browne (Lehigh, Bucks) GOP Hold
Jarrett Coleman (R) Unofficial Winner
Mark Pinsley (D)
SD18 Boscola (Lehigh, Northampton) Democrat Hold John Merhottein (R)
Lisa Boscola (D)* Unofficial Winner
SD24 OPEN-Mensch – RETIRED (Montgomery, Berks) GOP Hold
Tracy Pennycuick (R) Unofficial Winner
Jill Dennin (D)
SD38 L. Williams (Allegheny) Democrat Hold
Lori Mizgorski (R)
Lindsey Williams (D)* Unofficial Winner
SD 40 OPEN -Scavello – RETIRED (Monroe, Lackawanna, Wayne) GOP Hold
Rosemary Brown (R) Unofficial Winner
Jennifer Shukaitis (D)
SD 44 Muth (Berks, Chester, Montgomery) Democrat Hold Jessica Florio (R)
Katie Muth (D)* Unofficial Winner
HD 3 Bizzarro (Erie) Democrat Hold
Joe Kujawa (R)
Ryan Bizzarro (D)* Unofficial Winner
HD 7 OPEN-Longietti – RETIRED (Mercer) GOP Hold
Parke Wentling (R)* Unofficial Winner
9 HD Sainato (Lawrence) GOP Pick Up
Marla Gallo Brown (R) Unofficial Winner
Chris Sainato (D)*
HD 16 Matzie (Beaver) Democrat Hold
Rico Elmore (R)
Robert Matzie (D)* Unofficial Winner
HD 26 Hennessey (Chester) Democrat Pick-Up
Tim Hennessey (R)*
Paul Friel (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 30 OPEN-Mizgorski – RETIRED (Allegheny) Democrat Pick-Up Cindy Kirk (R)
Arvind Venkat (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 33 OPEN-DelRosso – RETIRED (Allegheny) Democrat Pick-Up Ted Tomson (R)
Mandy Steele (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 72 Burns (Cambria) Democrat Hold
Renae Billow (R)
Frank Burns (D)* Unofficial Winner
HD 82 OPEN-Hershey – RETIRED (Centre) Democrat Pick-Up Justin Behrens (R)
Paul Takac (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 118 OPEN Carroll (Lackawanna/Luzerne) Democrat Hold James May (R)
James Haddock (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 119 OPEN-Mullery (Luzerne) GOP Pick Up
Alec Ryncavage (R) Unofficial Winner
Vito Malacari (D)
HD 142 OPEN-Farry (Bucks) Too Close to Call
Joseph Hogan (R) Mark Moffa (D)
HD 151 Stephens (Montgomery) Too Close to Call
Todd Stephens (R)* Melissa Cerrato (D)
HD 160 C. Williams (Delaware/Chester) GOP Hold
Craig Williams (R)* Unofficial Winner
Catherine Spahr (D)
HD 168 Quinn (Delaware) Democrat Pick-Up
Christopher Quinn (R)*
Lisa Borowski (D) Unofficial Winner
HD 189 OPEN-Brown (Pike/Monroe) Democrat Pick-Up Stephen Ertle (R
Tarah Probst (D) Unofficial Winner