Post-Primary Election Ups & Downs
An absolutely zany primary season comes to an end. See who won and who lost on Tuesday.
John Fetterman. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman became the first person in Pennsylvania’s history to successfully beat an incumbent Lieutenant Governor in a primary election, defeating Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.
Endorsed candidates. The three GOP endorsed statewide candidates won their contested primaries, showing that perhaps the endorsement of the PA GOP may be worth something in contested primaries.
Bob Casey. U.S. Senator Bob Casey was the top vote getter in any statewide race, including beating Governor Tom Wolf who was also running unopposed in the primary.
Jim Kenney. Mayor Jim Kenney did not have a strong election even without being on the ballot. Both of his Deputy Mayors who ran for higher office lost their respective primaries, Rich Lazer who Kenney also endorsed lost in the PA-5 primary, and Nina Ahmad lost in the LG primary.
Costas. Both state Reps. Dom and Paul Costa lost to primary challengers from the Democratic Socialists of America by over 30 points each.
Lou Barletta. Within two days of winning his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, national Republicans began down talking and going after Lou Barletta, including saying “The sense is, nobody knows what the fuck he’s doing.”
Madeleine Dean. State Rep. Madeleine Dean convincingly won the PA-4 primary, with only one Democrat winning more votes in an open seat primary, and this after polls from both her campaign and her opponents showed her trailing in the final months of the election.
Rick Saccone. State Rep. Rick Saccone went from being a nationally recognized name during the 18th Congressional district special election, to losing to Democrat Conor Lamb, and then losing in the primary for the 14th Congressional district putting an end to his time in elected office.
Scott Wagner. He faces an uphill climb in the general to be sure. But step back for a moment. Four years ago he was a gadfly outsider, running a write-in campaign against the Republican nominee for State Senate. Four years later, after building and funding a statewide network, he is the undisputed leader of the PA Republican Party.
Women Candidates. Women candidates across the state delivered victories in higher numbers than seen in recent years, 118 women advanced to the general election compared to 65 in 2016.
Lindsey Williams. The Democratic nominee in the 38th state Senate district not only won her contested primary, but saw the Republican incumbent, state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, lose in his primary making her a serious contender for the open seat.
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The tweet of the week goes to Jeff Jubelirer for his take on primary election day.
Today is #PAPrimary election day or if you're an Independent or non-affiliated voter, Tuesday.
— Jeff Jubelirer (@jeff_jubelirer) May 15, 2018