Due to the counting of mail in ballots, there have been several changes from our last election update to you.
STATE SENATE: The Senate Republicans will hold the majority by a margin of 30-20. Today, Senator Tom Killion, the incumbent from Delaware County who was ahead yesterday, is now down by approximately 2500 votes and it appears that the Democrats have flipped this seat. There are two pickups for the Republicans centered in the western part of the state. Senator Brewster, currently down by approximately 1700 votes, is losing to Nicole Ziccarelli; while Senator Iovino, down by approximately 9000 votes, has lost to Republican Devlin Robinson. The Dauphin/Perry County senatorial seat has been held by the incumbent Senator John DiSanto in a very expensive hard-fought election. Senator DiSanto won by approximately 5000 votes.
STATE HOUSE: The House Republicans will hold the majority by approximately 112-91, give or take a seat or two, due to the counting of mail in ballots. There are several races that could go either way. For example, incumbent Democrat Pam Snyder is now ahead by approximately 90 votes to Republican Larry Yost. Incumbent Democrat Christina Sappey is ahead of Republican Eric Roe by 430 votes. Incumbent Democrat Jennifer O’Mara is leading Republican Bob Smythe by 420 votes. A noteworthy race was in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties where House Democratic Leader, Frank Dermody lost to Carrie DelRosso by approximately 1200 votes.
MAIL IN BALLOTS: State wide, over 500,000 ballots have yet to be counted. The counties all have made progress with uncounted ballots. Several examples of un-counted ballots from counties across the State are – Allegheny – 35,000; Bucks- 25,000; Chester- 2400; Cumberland – 32,000; Delaware- 10,000; Lancaster- 1,000; Lehigh- 34,000; Montgomery- 2,800; and, Philadelphia – 92,000.