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November 11th Playbook

Tuesday was an eventful day for Republicans in Pennsylvania. The GOP has flipped a second statewide row office, unseated the Democratic House Minority Leader, and also elected a new House leadership team. 

However, the count continues for other races across the commonwealth. As of Wednesday morning, we still are waiting for a call in several state legislature races. 

Want to see results from previous days? Check out PoliticsPA’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday Election Playbooks. 

Here’s an update of where we stand as of Wednesday morning in PA. 

President. Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. The AP called the race for Biden on Saturday morning at 11:25 A.M. As of Wednesday morning, Biden leads Trump by 47,591 votes (0.70%) in the state with 98% estimated to be in. 

Statewide. For Attorney General, Josh Shapiro defeated GOP challenger Heather Heidelbaugh. The AP called the race for Shapiro on Friday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 276,046 votes (4.14%). For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor on Friday morning. As of Wednesday morning, DeFoor leads by 231,340 votes (3.5%). For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity defeated incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella. On Tuesday afternoon, Torsella conceded in the race. As of Wednesday morning, Garrity leads by 76,897 votes (1.16%). 

Congressional Races 

All incumbents have secured another term in Congress. 

PA1: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) has defeated Democratic challenger Christina Finello. The AP called the race for Fitzpatrick on Wednesday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Fitzpatrick leads by 13 points with 96% of estimated votes reported. 

PA6: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) has defeated GOP challenger John Emmons. The AP called the race for Houlahan on Wednesday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Houlahan leads by just under 12 points with 96% of estimated votes reported. 

PA7: Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) has defeated GOP challenger Lisa Scheller. The AP called the race for Wild on Friday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Wild leads by 13,601 votes (or by 3.6 points) with 96% of estimated votes reported.

PA8: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) has defeated GOP challenger Jim Bognet. The AP called the race for Cartwright on Friday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Cartwright leads by 11,621 votes (or by 3.4 points) with 94% of estimated votes reported.

PA10: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) has defeated Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale. The AP called the race for Perry on Thursday evening. As of Wednesday morning, Perry leads by just under 7 points (25,987 votes) with 95% of estimated votes reported. 

PA16: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) has defeated Democratic challenger Kristy Gnibus. The AP called the race for Kelly on Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday morning, Kelly leads by just under 19 points with 93% of estimated votes reported. 

PA17: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) has defeated GOP challenger Sean Parnell. The AP called the race for Lamb on Saturday morning. As of Wednesday morning, Lamb leads by just over 2 points (9,103 votes) and his lead looks to expand as more mail ballots are counted. 

State Senate and House

So far Republicans have flipped three state House seats, (HD-33), (HD-143) and (HD-123), most notably unseating House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), and still have their sights set on defeating Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland). Democrats have flipped one seat in the Philly suburbs (HD-152), although a few other seats they are hoping to flip have yet to be called. For the state Senate, Republicans have flipped one seat in western PA (SD-37), while Democrats have flipped one seat in the Philly suburbs (SD-9), and another race in western PA has not been called yet. 

While results are not final in a number of districts, here’s an update of where things stand in competitive House and Senate races in PA. If we missed a competitive race where most results are in, and at least some writing is on the wall, please send me a note at


State Senate 

SD-45: GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli has a narrow lead over state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny). As of Wednesday morning, Ziccarelli leads by 515 votes, according to DOS.

State House

HD-18: Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) holds a few point advantage over Democratic challenger Harold Hayes. As of Tuesday morning, Tomlinson leads by 5 points, according to DOS. Tomlinson has declared victory in the race. 

HD-33: Republican Carrie DelRosso has defeated House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). On Tuesday evening, Dermody conceded. As of Wednesday morning, DelRosso leads by just under 3 points, according to DOS

HD-50: State Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) leads GOP challenger Larry Yost by just under 7 points, according to DOS. Snyder has declared victory in the race. 

HD-55: GOP challenger Jason Silvis holds a lead over Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland). As of Wednesday morning, Silvis leads by just under 5 points, according to DOS. 

HD-105: Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) has defeated Democratic challenger Brittney Rodas. On Tuesday afternoon, Rodas conceded. As of Wednesday morning, Lewis leads by just over 3.5 points, according to DOS. 

HD-118: State Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) leads GOP challenger Andrew Holter by 7 points, according to DOS. 

HD-119: State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) leads GOP challenger John Chura by 5 points, according to DOS. 

HD-158: State Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester) has defeated Republican challenger Eric Roe, according to the Daily Local News. As of Wednesday morning, Sappey leads by 480 votes.

HD-160: Republican Craig Williams has defeated Democrat Anton Andrew for the open seat in the Philadelphia suburbs, according to the New York Times. As of Thursday morning, Williams leads by 3 points, according to DOS.  

HD-168: Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) leads Democratic challenger Deb Ciamacca by just under 2 points, according to DOS. 

PA House Leadership Race Chatter: Republicans are slated to select a new President Pro Tempore in the Senate, while Democrats wait on results that can impact their Leader for the state House.

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: House Democrat Leader Frank Dermody concedes re-election race
Patriot News: Pa. House GOP re-elect Cutler, Benninghoff to top leadership posts
Patriot News: Republican Stacy Garrity’s declared winner of state Treasurer’s race in an upset victory over incumbent Joe Torsella
Patriot News: Pa. GOP lawmakers call for a legislative-led audit of election to be completed before results are certified
Patriot News: Biden lead over Trump grows as counting drags on in Pa.
Patriot News: Complaints spark Pa. House to investigate the election and ‘follow the facts where they lead’
Patriot News: Pa. received 10,000 late ballots that arrived after polls closed on Election Day
Patriot News: State’s request to move Trump organization’s vote challenge to Harrisburg is denied
Patriot News: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge talks about the 2020 election and why voting honors veterans 
Inquirer: Philly isn’t why Biden won Pennsylvania. And Pennsylvania probably isn’t why Biden won the White House.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Republicans are parroting Trump’s false election claims as the post-Trump GOP takes shape
Inquirer: Biden’s blue-collar appeal brought in just enough white working-class voters to help him win Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pa. Treasurer Joe Torsella has lost his reelection bid, in a big upset by Republican Stacy Garrity  
Inquirer: Court ruling throws Pennsylvania smart-meter plan into turmoil
Inquirer: Under the hood of Biden’s rural gains | Morning Newsletter
AP: Republican Garrity claims victory in state treasurer’s race 
AP: Election breathes new life into false ‘dead voter’ claims 
AP: Tally may bring challenges under Pennsylvania recount rules
Spotlight PA: Pa. GOP lawmakers to probe unverified fraud claims in election they largely won
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Pa. House will review the 2020 election, but it’s unlikely it will change the results 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nevermind the election, what’s going on with the Census count? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election results update: Torsella concedes treasury seat to Garrity 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health officials: Pa. charts highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases at 4,361 cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The U.S. Supreme Court could strike down the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what’s at stake
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How young voters helped Biden to his Keystone State win | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republicans are playing a dangerous game with Trump over election results | Wednesday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. environmentalists actually voted this year. That’s a big deal. 
WHYY Newsworks: Torsella concedes Treasury race in another blow for Pa. Democrats
WHYY Newsworks: ‘It’s a paralyzing fear’: More than 1 million in Pa. would lose coverage if Affordable Care Act is overturned
WITF: ‘We Are Not Afraid:’ State GOP Lawmakers Flout Rules As COVID-19 Surges In PA 
WITF: Wolf Administration Has No Plans To Chance Recommendations For Schools As COVID-19 Infections Spike 
WESA: Secretary Levine: PA ‘Not Considering A Shutdown’ To Deal With Rising COVID-19 Cases
WESA: Obamacare Is Before the Supreme Court, But Health Care Is Still Available
KDKA: Republican Challenger Stacy Garrity Declares Victory Over Democrat Joe Torsella In Pennsylvania Treasurer Race
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Commends President-Elect Joe Biden For Coronavirus Task Force
KDKA: Governor To Follow Law Of Certifying Electoral Votes Of Pennsylvania Popular Vote Winner
Post-Gazette: Group of GOP legislators push for audit of Pennsylvania’s vote
Post-Gazette: Former congressional candidate in Pa. sparks controversy with deleted tweet
Post-Gazette: Supreme Court justices question Affordable Care Act mandate, yet seem willing to leave health law intact 
PLSReporter: Republicans flip House District 33 as Dermody concedes
PLSReporter: Pa. House State Government Committee to investigate election processes
PLSReporter: House GOP announces leadership, hints at plans for election oversight, COVID-19 strategy
PLSReporter: State Treasurer Joe Torsella concedes to Republican candidate Stacy Garrity
PLSReporter: A look at Pa. election lawsuits and where they stand
Fox News: Pennsylvania postal worker’s claims of voter fraud come under question
Fox News: Trump campaign’s latest Pennsylvania election lawsuit will ‘prevail’: Tim Murtaugh 
Fox News: Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County to count more than 2,000 undated ballots that arrived on time
Washington Post: The Trailer: The 10 crucial counties, revisited
Morning Call: Republican-led state House committee to scrutinize Pennsylvania election; hearings may happen this month
Philly Clout: A white former Pa. Republican candidate tweeted that he is ‘a black gay guy’ and the internet had questions 
StateImpactPA: Study: Pittsburgh kids near polluting sites have higher asthma rates
City Paper: A white Pa. former candidate tweeted he was Black and gay, and then Patti LaBelle’s relative somehow got involved 
The Hill: GOP senator says Trump should cooperate on transition 
The Hill: RealClearPolitics editor corrects Giuliani on Pennsylvania claim: ‘This is false’ 
The Hill: Philadelphia health officials mull ‘complete lockdown’ 
The Hill: Pennsylvania postal worker recants ballot tampering allegations: officials
KYW Newsradio: Harsh criticism from veteran pollster about surveys that keep getting it wrong
Politico: Pennsylvania GOP rallies to Trump’s defense 
Politico: Pennsylvania’s top election officer says just 10,000 ballots were received after Nov. 3
CNN: Republican election official in Philadelphia says he’s seen no evidence of widespread fraud 

Philadelphia Magazine: 13 Winners and Losers From the 2020 General Election
Philadelphia Magazine: And Now, a Charity Run From Four Seasons Total Landscaping to the Four Seasons Hotel
Inquirer: Philly isn’t why Biden won Pennsylvania. And Pennsylvania probably isn’t why Biden won the White House.
Inquirer: Citing surge in COVID-19, Philly schools reverse reopening plan; will continue virtual instruction until further notice 
Inquirer: Another Philly school board member is resigning; mayor must now replace a third of the board 
Inquirer: ‘Can he actually do that?’ Philadelphia’s Constitution Center is now the answer authority for a nation in government stress 
Inquirer: Editor Gabriel Escobar promoted to Philadelphia Inquirer’s top newsroom job 
WHYY Newsworks: West Philly voters want Biden to deliver on police reform, education and an ‘even’ playing field  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly cancels plan to return students to classrooms as COVID-19 cases rise 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Lawn and Order’: Four Seasons markets merch across party lines
Philadelphia Tribune: Local business leaders respond to Joe Biden’s victory
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area business leaders share top priorities for the Biden administration 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia breaks record for highest daily Covid-19 case counts for second time in days 
Philly Voice: School District of Philadelphia postpones return to in-person learning
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia schools to stay all-virtual until further notice because of coronavirus surge
KYW Newsradio: ACLU, other voter groups move to intervene in Trump campaign’s election lawsuit in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: State, Philadelphia each report largest single-day spikes of COVID-19 cases to date
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia homicide rate is highest it’s been in 25 years
Billy Penn: ‘Fraud Street Run’ from Four Seasons Total Landscaping raises thousands for Philabundance

Daily Local News: Sappey wins race to keep 158th House District seat, defeats Roe by 485 votes 
Daily Local News: Count in 2020 election continues in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Looming COVID crisis feared in Chester, Delaware counties 
Daily Local News: Chester County officials deliver lunches, thank veterans for their service
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks officials urge caution as COVID cases surge 
Pottstown Mercury: Shusterman thanks local military members for service 
Delaware Valley Journal: Fitzpatrick’s Bipartisan Record Set to Boost His Influence Next Congress

Post-Gazette: Lewis-DelRosso declares victory in race for 33rd state House district seat vs. Dermody
Post-Gazette: City Council approves Texas firm to review social justice clashes between police, protesters 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County sees ‘unprecedented’ spike in demand to carry concealed guns
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. sets another one-day record high with over 4,300 new cases
WESA: One Week After Election Day, Allegheny County Is Still Tallying Votes 
WESA: Peduto Introduces 2021 Pittsburgh City Budget 
WESA: Pittsburgh And Pennsylvania Coronavirus Updates
KDKA: Democrat Frank Dermody Concedes To Republican Carrie DelRosso In Pa. State House Race
KDKA: Allegheny County Board Of Elections Votes To Count More Than 2,000 Ballots Without Dates
KDKA: Trump Campaign Challenges Pennsylvania Votes, Democrats Say No Fraud Is Found
KDKA: Peduto Administration Introduces $3M In Coronavirus Aid
KDKA: Allegheny County Health Department Warns Of Significant Coronavirus Community Spread
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Attributes Significant Rise In Coronavirus Cases To Community Spread From Halloween Parties, Gatherings
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto introduces $3 million in funding for city residents seeking Covid-19 aid
Pittsburgh Business Times: What do you want from the next president? Pittsburgh-area business leaders answer.
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh allocates $3 million in federal funding for covid-19 relief programs 
Tribune Review: Oakmont Councilwoman Carrie DelRosso claims victory in race to unseat Frank Dermody 
Tribune Review: Experts: Trump lawsuit targeting Allegheny County election not legally sound 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County to count 2,349 undated ballots 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 317 new covid-19 cases, says many attended parties, gatherings 
City Paper: Election analysis: Biden, Shapiro dominate in Allegheny County, even as Republicans down ballot perform well 
City Paper: KDKA-TV producers seek unionization 
City Paper: CMU says it’s OK for staff to engage in political activity after fellow Richard Grenell alleges widespread voter fraud without evidence 
City Paper: After several days of poor air quality, GASP calls on stronger regulations in Allegheny County 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

Observer-Reporter: Washington County Election Board to convene Thursday to consider challenged provisional ballots 
Observer-Reporter: Commissioner in Pfizer vaccine trial doesn’t know if he received vaccine or placebo 
Observer-Reporter: Budget hearings into 2021 spending plan 
Observer-Reporter: Poll workers at Franklin West precinct infected with COVID-19 
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases still surging in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County ballot challenges to be heard Friday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State officials divided about vote counting
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Record new COVID-19 cases in Somerset County, state 

The Times Leader: Review shows Luzerne County turnout above 69% 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s budget balance dwindling as deficit expected 
The Times Leader: Law firm blacklisted over Supreme Court recusal filing 
The Times Leader: 133 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 4,361 statewide
Times-Tribune: Times-Shamrock Publisher Don Farley departing after 37 years with company 
Times-Tribune: Former city cop’s leaked internal affairs file shows a slew of derogatory remarks 
Times-Tribune: Cases, deaths surge locally and statewide as COVID-19 spreads
Citizens Voice: More than 1,100 votes added to county count from Nov. 3 election 
Citizens Voice: County council wants to cut ties with firm that filed Barrett recusal motion
Citizens Voice: Farley stepping down as Citizens’ Voice president, publisher
Citizens Voice: 133 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: House committee to audit election as a ‘cloud’ looms over Pa., Cutler says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thaddeus Stevens College President Pedro Rivera named to Biden-Harris leadership transition team 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Coatesville City Council declines to lead municipal charge to decriminalize pot 
Patriot News: State’s request to move Trump organization’s vote challenge to Harrisburg is denied
Patriot News: Postal Service still processing thousands of mail-in ballots after deadline passes
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 78 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported in Cumberland County Tuesday
York Dispatch: Keefer, other lawmakers call for investigation into election
York Dispatch: Helfrich’s budget would hike taxes, cut police officers 
York Dispatch: Four new deaths associated with COVID-19 reported Tuesday in York County
York Daily Record: ‘Doomsday’ budget scenario for York City

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Trump legal team files lawsuit to stop certification of election results in Pa.
WFMZ: Commission votes to dissolve Northern Berks Regional PD
Express Times: Bethlehem’s 2021 budget doesn’t go far enough on police reform for some residents
Express Times: District Judge Wayne Maura, who died Monday, is fondly recalled for chops behind the bench and a drum kit
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: A record 4,361 new COVID-19 cases; 62 new deaths, most since June; Lehigh Valley to cross 14K cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (11/10/20)
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 148 new coronavirus cases as Pa. sets a record with 4,361
Morning Call: Friends in the legal and music world mourn the death of Lehigh County District Judge Wayne Maura
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Daily record shattered again, with 4,361 additional cases

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Trump campaign targets Centre County in lawsuit alleging ‘fraudulent votes’ in Pa.
Centre Daily Times: Nov. 10 update: Pa. sets another 1-day COVID-19 record; Centre County adds 34 new cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 10 new COVID cases
Erie Times-News: Erie postal worker recants ballot fraud claims
Erie Times-News: Rep. Kelly says ‘election isn’t over yet’
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 cases keep climbing in Erie County

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. Republicans’ unfounded allegations of election fraud contribute to a menacing environment  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Thank you, election workers 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pedaling to the future
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: As Vice President-Elect Harris breaks an important glass ceiling, President-elect Biden calls for a season of healing. It’s desperately needed.
David Masur: Climate change and the environment could break Pennsylvania’s partisan gridlock 
Paul Muschick: The newest weapon against coronavirus: Joe Biden
Joshua A. Douglas: Breathless media coverage of election lawsuits plays right into Trump’s plan 
Dan Simpson: Biden’s agenda must begin at home
Solomon Jones: Trump’s voter fraud lawsuits are not about contradicting the will of all the people — just the Black ones 
Chris Freind: Voter fraud? Prove it – or concede
Phil Gianficaro: Biden’s dignity welcome return to presidency
Akira Drake Rodriguez and Erika Kitzmiller: Philly’s school district is halting reopenings. It should’ve listened to teachers earlier.
Feminista Jones: Black women saved democracy yet again. Where’s our moment of gratitude?
Trudy Rubin: Philly’s Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, member of Biden’s COVID task force, lays out how to control the pandemic 
Will Bunch Newsletter: So is President Trump staging a coup, or what? 
Randy Freed: As Trump balks at transfer of power, pay homage to Philly site where it first occurred peacefully
Charles D. Allen: Veterans Day 2020: What it’s like to be an American veteran today 
John L. Micek: Veterans Day 2020: Dulce et Decorum Est

2 Responses

  1. If Dawn Keefer and her cohorts are so worried about the alleged illegitimacy of Joe Biden’s election; I am curious how they explain the victories of Tim DeFoor and Stacey Garrity in the same election.

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