Fitzpatrick Weathers The Storm For A Second Term
Perhaps the most closely watched congressional race in Pennsylvania went to the Republican incumbent.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) earned a second term after defeating Democratic challenger Scott Wallace, 51.3% to 48.7% with 100% of the precincts reported.
Fitzpatrick often distanced himself from President Trump in a newly drawn district that went to Sec. Hillary Clinton by a couple of points in 2016. Fitzpatrick earned endorsements from various labor unions and gun rights groups, which rarely reach across the aisle to support a GOP candidate.
Wallace centered his campaign around tying Fitzpatrick to Trump at every chance he could and stated the need for Congress to stand up to his agenda. Wallace did not believe Fitzpatrick was the moderate he claimed to be since he voted with Trump over 80% of the time.
Many national outlets took a deep dive into this Philadelphia suburban district in recent weeks to see how big the “blue wave” could be and if it would knock out a Republican who distanced himself from Trump at every corner.