The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Check out who made our post-election list!
Joe Sestak. Seven years of practically non-stop work and Joe Sestak is still no closer to the United States Senate. It wasn’t easy of course, as it took three opponents, the President, Vice President, two PA Governors, a PA Senator, the current Senate Democratic Leader, the future Senate Democratic Leader, the DSCC, organized labor and EMILY’s List to bring Sestak down. Nonetheless, the indefatigable candidate’s political fortunes are dimmer than ever before. It’s tough to see where Sestak goes from here, but it would be truly surprising if he didn’t somehow find something to run (or walk) for eventually.
Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf has had a rough time in office so far, defined by that year-long budget battle, and really need a win. On Tuesday, he got several victories. Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro and Dwight Evans were all endorsed by Wolf and they all won. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, who held her election-eve rally at City Hall alongside the Governor and tons of other PA Democrats. Perhaps the 2016 primary contests can provide Tom Wolf with some much-needed momentum.
Chaka Fattah. Congressman Chaka Fattah’s long political career is finally coming to an end. The incumbent lost his fight with State Rep. Dwight Evans, making him the first Congressman to be primaried this year. Now, his impending criminal trial looms as Fattah faces long odds in defeating the 29 indictments against him. 2016 just continues to get worse for Chaka Fattah.
Bill Shuster. As Tuesday neared, you got the feeling that Rep. Bill Shuster was getting nervous. The Congressman touted the NRA’s endorsement and launched some last-minute TV ads in his attempt to hold off a primary challenge from Art Halvorson. Early in the night, it appeared Shuster might go down. Eventually, though, Shuster survived with a slim 1,009 vote victory. Now, he is already turning toward the presidential race as he endorsed Donald Trump yesterday.
Bill Golderer. The most embarrassing defeat award goes to Bill Golderer, who was decimated by Mary Ellen Balchunis in the PA-7 Democratic primary. Balchunis, despite being beloved by local Democratic activists, isn’t seen as a serious threat to Congressman Pat Meehan (he easily defeated her in 2014). So it made sense when the DCCC urged Golderer to get into the race. He also did a decent job fundraising and even got Steny Hoyer to do an event for him. So there’s no excuse for being blown out by forty-eight points. Suffice to say, don’t expect to see Golderer run for another political office.
The tweet of the week goes to MTV’s Hanif Abdurraqib for pointing out this all-time gaffe moment.