Pennsylvania Women Advance in Primary Campaigns for House Seats

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He was defeated in the GOP primary for the new 15th District by state Sen. He is favored to win a second term in November.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will face the victor of a crowded Republican primary that state Sen.

The Pennsylvania primary is highlighted by a new congressional map, with redrawn districts forcing incumbents to run in new districts or, in some cases, prompting them to not seek re-election. Currently, there are no women representing Pennsylvania in the House.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive congressional seats on the table in Pennsylvania, which is one of four states that held primaries Tuesday.

Still, for Democrats and Republicans alike, Tuesday's intra-party contests were as much about the individual races and their regional peculiarities, as they were a fight over what former President George H.W. Bush called "the vision thing".

Throughout the primary season, consensus was not present on the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., comedian Wanda Sykes and former Gov. Ed Rendell.

And, finally, would Tuesday's election, indeed, turn out to be the year of the woman that many observers predicted?

Democratic discord in at least two contests could diminish the party's hopes come November.

The leading Democratic candidates are Paulette Jordan, a former state lawmaker who would be the country's first Native American governor; and A.J. Balukoff, the party's 2014 nominee."People are ready for something new", Jordan said in an interview.

But Democrats were not as anxious about those attacks resonating in Pennsylvania, compared with some other states Trump won.

If Eastman prevails in the primary, the race could be considered out of reach for Democrats in this district that Trump carried by just 2 percent in 2016.

Schriock said Pennsylvania, particularly the seats near Philadelphia, is "a huge piece of the calculus" for Democrats nationally, and her group hopes to see the party pick up a net of three to five seats in the state.

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Fetterman moved to the front of a field of well-qualified candidates, including former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad, who stepped up after Stack's standing plummeted in the wake of published reports that he berated and mistreated his staff. Unofficial tallies showed Christiana made a stronger than expected showing with little money or organization.

From there, the candidates took their campaigns throughout the district, working to capture as many endorsements as they could from municipal Democratic committees to advocacy groups and high profile individuals from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey have faded recently.

In a trio of key congressional contests in the Philadelphia suburbs that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, Democratic candidates emerged well-positioned for the fall.

Progressive nonprofit director Kara Eastman looks to have pulled off a nail-biter upset over former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in the Omaha-based 2nd District in Nebraska.

In Montgomery County's new 4th District, state Rep. Madeleine Dean was declared the victor of a three-candidate Democratic field.

In the 1st District, it's wealthy philanthropist Scott Wallace who will face off against GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.

In the Delaware County-based 5th District, Mary Gay Scanlon was declared the victor, edging out a large field of Democratic candidates.

The results: competitive Democratic battles for several seats that now heavily favor their party, and crowded Republican races to replace the likes of Barletta and Bill Shuster in deep red territory. She will face incumbent Republican Representative Lloyd Smucker in a seat that became even safer for Republicans after redistricting.

The seat went vacant with this spring's abrupt retirement announcement by GOP U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, who'd grown exhausted of Trumpian chaos in Washington. With Scanlon and Dean running in deep blue districts, and Houlahan also favored in a more competitive race, Pennsylvania is poised to send at least one woman, and maybe more, to Congress for the first time in four years.

The Delaware County Democratic Party was unable to endorse a particular candidate, although Scanlon, Lunkenheimer and Sheehan received the most votes in the rounds of voting.

Morganelli, earned the ire of progressives with his hardline on immigration and a Tweet where he attempted to ingratiate himself with the Trump White House. EMILY's List, which backed Wild, and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's NextGen America both went on the attack against Morganelli. In two contests, women trailed men in Democratic primaries, but the results were too close to call.

In western Pennsylvania's new 14th Congressional District, state Sen. The victor of their primary will face Republican Rep. Don Bacon. Lamb has opted to run in a different district near Pittsburgh that is less conservative.

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