Democrats Take Majority in U.S. House; GOP Expands Senate Majority

Nov 7, 2018 | Member News

It was a mixed result in yesterday’s election as Democrats gained seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Republicans retained control in the Senate.

 

In Pennsylvania, two incumbents prevailed. Democratic Senator Bob Casey Jr. won his third term against Republican Lou Barletta, a four-term U.S. Representative, who supported President Trump and was recruited by him to run against Casey.

 

In his victory speech, Casey referred to his re-election as “a victory for people across the Commonwealth who want a new direction.”

 

Republican U.S. Representative Scott Perry also won his re-election bid over Democratic challenger George Scott in a close race for the newly redistricted 10###sup/sup### Congressional District. Perry lost in Dauphin county, but had strong showing in northern York county where he has served the last 12 years.

 

Perry told PennLive.com that he’s eager to prove himself to the new members in the 10###sup/sup### district.

“The people that know me best know that I stick up for the things that I believe in, the things that they believe in, and that I’m a man of my word. That’s who they know, and so I suspect that over time, the people in the new parts of the district will learn the same things about me.”

Incumbent Republicans Lloyd Smucker won in the 11###sup/sup### district against challenger Jess King, while U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick won against Democratic challenger Scott Wallace, a multimillionaire philanthropist. Democrat Conor Lamb beat Republican Keith Rothfus for the 17###sup/sup### District. Both were incumbents whose districts changed in the redistricting. Democratic Representative Dwight Evans won a second term in the third district.

Democratic women challengers won big yesterday. Madeleine Dean, a state representative, won the 4###sup/sup### Congressional against Republican businessman Dan David. Chissy Houlahan won in the 6###sup/sup### district; Mary Gay Scanlon in the 5###sup/sup### district, and Susan Wild won the 7###sup/sup### district, which was represented by retired Republican Representative Charlie Dent.