HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Three races among Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation were taking shape as some of the tighter contests in the country this year as voters decided on Tuesday whether to shift majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Democrats to Republicans.
Pennsylvania’s delegation has been reshuffled twice in recent years — first over a court challenge and again as a result of the 2020 census — and the state has lost a seat in Congress this year because of its anemic population growth.
Democratic US Rep. Matt Cartwright in the Scranton area and Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley both found themselves in rematches with Republican candidates they narrowly defeated two years ago.
A third competitive district, north of Pittsburgh, is made up largely of the voters who have elected Democratic US Rep. Conor Lamb to Congress for the past few terms. It became vacant for that year’s election when Lamb chose not to seek re-election in what was ultimately a failed attempt to secure his party’s US Senate nomination.
Although polling stations closed at 8 p.m. in most states, a Lucerne County judge ordered polling stations to stay open until 10 p.m. after they ran out of supplies.
As has happened across the country, in Pennsylvania’s competitive congressional elections, Democrats emphasized support for abortion rights, and Republicans reminded voters how inflation and other economic problems are affecting their lives.
According to AP VoteCast, a comprehensive poll of more than 3,100 voters in the state, about 8 in 10 voters in Pennsylvania say things are going in the wrong direction in the state.
According to the poll, about half of the state’s voters say the economy and jobs are the country’s top issues.
The Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Repeal Wade also played a role in most voters’ decisions, with about 8 in 10 citing it as a factor. Only about a quarter named it the most important factor, with more of those voters voting for Fetterman.
Most voters are confident that ballots will be accurately counted, according to the poll, although nearly 3 in 10 said they were either not too confident or not at all confident.
In northeastern Pennsylvania, Republicans were hoping that conservative activist and former Trump administration official Jim Bognet would reverse his 3.6 percentage point loss to Cartwright in 2020. given President Joe Biden spent his early childhood in Scranton.
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“It’s a referendum on Biden,” said Bognet’s campaign manager, Joe Desilets. “Mostly because Cartwright is so close to him.”
Cartwright’s campaign manager, Kunal Atit, called Cartwright “the only Democrat who could hold this district,” with “bipartisan appeal demonstrated time and time again by actual election results.”
Wild’s quest for a third term led her to confront former Lehigh County Commissioner Lisa Scheller, who ran a manufacturing company. Wild, a former Allentown City attorney, beat Scheller by 3.7 percentage points two years ago. The rebalance added GOP-friendly Carbon County to the map.
Wild’s campaign argued that Scheller had cut its US workforce and sent jobs abroad, while Scheller blamed voters’ economic woes on Wild’s support for issuing bills under Biden.
The race remains too close to call Tuesday night.
In the third competitive district in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh, which includes all of Beaver County, electoral attorney Chris Deluzio, a Democrat, competed against Republican businessman and former Ross Township Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer, a Republican who lost a Senate race in 2018.
Shaffer said he will position himself in Congress as “a pragmatic, common-sense problem solver” and wants term limits and a nonpartisan redistribution policy. Deluzio’s campaign biography notes his involvement in efforts to form a faculty association at the University of Pittsburgh last year.
“The union lifestyle is a big deal here in western Pennsylvania,” said Deluzio campaign manager Matt Koos. “And there is no doubt that the Dobbs decision has put access to abortion at the forefront of voters.”
Elsewhere in the state, two Republican incumbents met no opposition this fall: Representatives Guy Reschenthaler south of Pittsburgh and John Joyce in a sprawling district stretching from Gettysburg to Johnstown.
In Pittsburgh, Democrats were concerned about possible voter confusion because the Republican running against Democratic Rep. Summer Lee is named Mike Doyle, the same name as the city’s longtime Democratic congressman, who is retiring at the end of the year.
The version of the state’s congressional district map produced after the 2010 census had been particularly pro-Republican, yielding an enduring majority of 13-5 GOP until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2018, with the state’s Democratic majority delegation being evenly split between the divided between both parties.
After the Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf bogged down in talks to create new counties using the 2020 census numbers, the state Supreme Court in February ruled 4-3 in favor of a map supported by a group of the Democratic Party had been proposed. aligned voters who sued in 2021.
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