Southeast Pa. has done its part to fit a major narrative of the 2018 midterm: the suburban revolt, led by Democratic women.
Candidates Madeleine Dean (PA-4), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6) each guaranteed themselves their first term in Congress in landslide victories tonight.
The newly drawn map was much more friendly for Democrats in the the Philadelphia suburbs, compounded by a scandal-induced resignation of Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) and redistricting-induced resignation of Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Chester). The additional retirement Rep. Bob Brady (D-Phila), allowed the creation of a Delaware County-based district.
The Republican candidates were Dan David (PA-4), Pearl Kim (PA-5), and Greg McCauley (PA-6).
Dean and Scanlon defeated a field of candidates in their May primaries; all three waltzed to relatively easy victories tonight to represent their respective districts.
Dean won by 26 points after all of the precincts were reported. Scanlon won by 30 points with 99% of precincts in. Houlahan landed an 18 point lead victory after all of the precincts were reported.
Many national pundits see these two pickups as necessary in the Democrats attempting to regain the House of Representatives.