In what will go down as one of the most memorable primary nights in Pennsylvania history, eight incumbents fell by the wayside to challengers.
One of the most notable was GOP state house appropriations chair Stan Saylor who was defeated by upstart Wendy Fink in the 94th district race. Saylor, who has held the York County seat since 1993, fell by a 55-44 count.
Another York Countian – 47th district Republican Keith Gillespie – was resoundingly defeated by challenger Joe D’Orsie. Gillespie had served in the chamber since 2003. D’Orsie, 36, is Communications Director at Praise Community Church in East York.
The dual losses caused York County GOP chairman Jeff Piccola to resign his position effective immediately. State Rep. Mike Jones had gone against Piccola, endorsing the two challengers, stating it was time for a change.
Two-term Democrat Brian Kirkland was defeated in the 159th District primary by Carol Kazeem, an outreach worker from Chester.
And five-term incumbent Pam DeLissio was ousted by frontline nurse Tarik Khan in the 194th House District which serves Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.
Incumbent Pat Browne, the senate appropriations chair, is in a tight battle with Jarrett Coleman in the 16th District which covers parts of Lehigh and Bucks counties. With 98 of 104 precincts reporting, Coleman, a school board director in the Parkland School District, has a 30-vote lead. We will watch this one closely.
On the other side of the Commonwealth, two-term Republican Mike Puskaric was defeated in the 39th House district by former Elizabeth Township supervisor Andrew Kuzma, while former Westmoreland County Republican Committee chairwoman Jill Cooper unseated first-term incumbent Jason Silvis in the newly redrawn 55th district,
And Martell Covington will not have time to get comfortable in his 24th District seat. After winning a special election in April, he was defeated by longtime activist La’Tasha D. Hayes, who becomes the first openly LGBTQ person to represent the majority-Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
Incumbents that were ousted in member vs. member races included Rep. John Hershey who fell to Perry County Rep. Perry Stambaugh for the GOP nomination in the 86th district which covers Perry and Juniata counties. Democratic Rep. Chris Rabb also beat out Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald in the redrawn 200th House District race. Fitzgerald has represented Philly in the 200th.