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November 12th Playbook

President Donald Trump blasted Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt in a tweet, while House Democrats are slated to select a new Minority Leader. 

However, the count continues for other races across the commonwealth. As of Thursday morning, we still are waiting for a call in several state legislature races and multiple congressional candidates have also yet to concede. 

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

Here’s an update of where we stand as of Thursday 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 Thursday morning, Biden leads Trump by 53,139 votes (0.79%) 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 Thursday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 280,156 votes (4.19%). For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor on Friday morning. As of Thursday morning, DeFoor leads by 228,111 votes (3.44%). For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity defeated incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella. On Tuesday afternoon, Torsella conceded in the race. As of Thursday morning, Garrity leads by 73,522 votes (1.11%). 

Congressional Races 

All incumbents have secured another term in Congress, although a few challengers have yet to concede in their races. 

PA7: Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) has defeated GOP challenger Lisa Scheller. The AP called the race for Wild on Friday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, Wild leads by 13,730 votes (or by 3.8 points) with 96% of estimated votes reported. Scheller has not conceded in the race.

PA8: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) has defeated GOP challenger Jim Bognet. The AP called the race for Cartwright on Friday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, Cartwright leads by 11,621 votes (or by 3.4 points) with 94% of estimated votes reported. Bognet has not conceded in the race.

PA17: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) has defeated GOP challenger Sean Parnell. The AP called the race for Lamb on Saturday morning. As of Thursday morning, Lamb leads by 2.4 points (10,111 votes) and his lead looks to expand as more mail ballots are counted. Parnell has not conceded in the race.

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 Thursday morning, Ziccarelli leads by 121 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 Thursday morning, Tomlinson leads by 5 points, according to DOS. Tomlinson has declared victory in the race. 

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 Thursday morning, Silvis leads by just under 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-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 1.5 points, according to DOS.  

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

Trump Blasts Schmidt: President Donald Trump falsely accused Philadelphia GOP City Commissioner Al Schmidt of refusing to look at wrongdoing in the election. Senator Toomey vouched for Schmidt; the Pa. and Philly Republican parties haven’t responded.

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   
AP: Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud
Spotlight PA: Serious COVID-19 outbreak threatens hundreds at Pa. prison for medically vulnerable
Patriot News: Dauphin County native son Tim DeFoor readies for his new role as Pa.’s next auditor general
Patriot News: Pa. Senate committee to be the latest to review election results
Patriot News: Trump campaign seeks disqualification of more than 2,200 votes in Pa. county
Patriot News: Schools face pressure to close as COVID-19 cases increase in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: 4 Pa. residents sue Gov. Wolf, election official over alleged voting irregularities
Inquirer: How Joe Biden won Pennsylvania — and what comes next 
Inquirer: So what the heck happened with the polls in Pennsylvania? Here are some theories
Inquirer: Philly and Pennsylvania Republicans offer only silence after Trump’s false attacks against Al Schmidt .
Inquirer: Taxes, income inequality, and energy on Biden’s economic agenda, but his plans depend on Congress
Inquirer: Pennsylvania prisons face a deadly ‘full-blown resurgence’ of COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: MAP: Here’s where the Democrats’ expected Blue Wave didn’t break for Pa.’s elected row offices
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After year of tough votes, Dermody loses reelection, clearing way for Democratic free-for-all
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ACLU of Pa., civil rights groups file motion to intervene on ‘outrageous’ Trump campaign lawsuit
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republicans backstop Trump, Congressional GOP on unproven claims of stolen election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie USPS whistleblower recants statement, House officials say 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. hits another daily high on COVID-19 cases as 4,711 test positive, state says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. is getting hammered by new COVID cases. Can a new lockdown be far behind? | Thursday Morning Coffee
USA Today: How Pa. chooses Electoral College voters and who are the 20 pledged to pick Joe Biden?
WFMZ: Toomey: Biden is likely to be president, transition process should begin  
WHYY Newsworks: They rejected Trump, but stuck with Republicans down-ballot. Meet Pa.’s ticket splitters
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds of thousands of people face utility shutoffs as pandemic surges
WITF: Election Law Experts: Trump Campaign Lawsuit A Longshot, Could Complicate Vote Count, Certification 
Post-Gazette: Republicans in state Senate plan to review Pa. election results
Post-Gazette: Pa. Lt. Gov. Fetterman slams Texas counterpart for voter fraud reward
Post-Gazette: ‘We’re playing with fire’: Pennsylvania waits for another stimulus package 
Fox News: Pennsylvania GOP senator calls on Trump to cooperate with Biden transition
Fox News: Biden lead in Pennsylvania over Trump has grown to more than 50,000 votes
Fox News: Trump campaign appeals Philadelphia vote decision, alleging incomplete ballots were counted 
Fox News: Trump rips GOP Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt amid election fight: ‘Being used big time’
KDKA: Republicans In Pennsylvania House And Senate To Hold Hearings On Outcome Of 2020 Election
KDKA: Former Pa. Education Secretary Pedro Rivera Selected For Joe Biden’s Agency Review Team
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Asks For $1 Million Election Fraud Reward Payable In Sheetz Gift Cards From Texas Lt. Governor  
The Hill: Philadelphia GOP city commissioner: ‘Bad actors’ are ‘lying’ about election fraud
The Hill: Casey says he isn’t thinking about Pennsylvania gubernatorial bid in 2022
The Hill: Here’s what you need to know about the Dean Browning, ‘Dan Purdy’ Twitter drama
CNHI News: Biden rode wave of suburban support to win Pennsylvania
CNN: At least 1,500 nurses in the Philadelphia area may be on the verge of going on strike
StateImpactPA: What’s next for energy and environment under Biden
WTAE: PA’s US Sens. Casey and Toomey talk about fate of state’s electoral votes

Inquirer: Philly and Pennsylvania Republicans offer only silence after Trump’s false attacks against Al Schmidt 
Inquirer: Philadelphia progressives fought to elect a candidate they didn’t like. They’re already organizing to move Biden left. 
Inquirer: Trump’s campaign is challenging mail and provisional ballots at record rates in Philly and its suburbs
Inquirer: President-elect Joe Biden observes Veterans Day in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Jenny DeHuff, former Daily News reporter, named Philly Weekly top editor  
Inquirer: How America’s approach to poverty could change in a Biden administration, Congress willing 
Inquirer: ‘We get to breathe’: Philly-area immigrants are hopeful, if cautious, about a Biden presidency
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s weekly average for COVID-19 positive tests jumps 5-fold; Pa., N.J. case hitting pandemic highs
Billy Penn: Republican Philly commissioner to Trump: Your personal attacks are a distraction 
Billy Penn: Philly adds online options as coronavirus spike overloads city contact tracers 
Billy Penn: Good job, Philly: Only 1% of city mail ballots were ‘naked’
Philadelphia Magazine: Al Schmidt Isn’t a “RINO.” And He Isn’t Hiding Corruption
Philadelphia Magazine: Trump Lawyer to Pennsylvania Judge: Nope, I’ve Got No Evidence of Voter Fraud 
Philadelphia Magazine: Judge Sends Anthony Smith Home After Receiving More Than 70 Letters of Support for the Activist
KYW Newsradio: Unlikely target of Trump’s wrath, Republican city commissioner defends integrity of Philly elections
KYW Newsradio: Of Trump campaign lawsuits, election lawyers say courts unlikely ‘to overturn the will of voters’
KYW Newsradio: Following fatal Wallace shooting, 911 dispatchers train to better identify crisis calls
KYW Newsradio: City looks to fill 3 vacancies on Philadelphia School Board
KYW Newsradio: Understaffed with COVID-19 cases rising, nurses at Philly-area hospitals consider strike
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: A new president-elect — what the votes mean; GOP won’t concede; Savannah’s Lemonade
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Inquirer names Gabriel Escobar as new editor, senior vice president
Philly Voice: Trump aims Twitter ire at Commissioner Al Schmidt with claim he ignored voter fraud in Philly

Bucks County Courier Times: Trump challenges 2,200 Bucks mail-in ballots
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick: Allow challenges to run their course
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks reviewing 7,000 provisional ballots
Bucks County Courier Times: PA headed for a federal showdown?
WFMZ: Lawsuit seeking disqualification of more than 2K votes in Bucks County
KYW Newsradio: Montco health officials to vote on whether schools should go all virtual
Pottstown Mercury: Fall surge: Montgomery County records 1,093 new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths 
Bucks Local News: ‘HERE WE GO AGAIN’: Bucks County Commissioners urge mask wearing, social distancing with second wave of COVID 
Montgomery Media: Gale opposes more funds for Human Services Center contract in downtown Norristown

WESA: Local Democrats Poised For Reckoning After Rash Of Down-Ballot Losses
WESA: Proposed 2021 City Budget Includes $55 Million Deficit 
KDKA: Southwestern Pennsylvania Sends 6 Newcomers To State House Of Representatives In Harrisburg
KDKA: Allegheny County Board Of Elections Votes To Count More Than 2,000 Ballots Without Declaration Dates
KDKA: Black Political Empowerment Project Joins Court Fight Over Election
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Asks For $1 Million Election Fraud Reward Payable In Sheetz Gift Cards From Texas Lt. Governor 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Says Patient In Their 20s Is Among 5 New Coronavirus Deaths, 366 New Cases Reported
Post-Gazette: Peduto administration proposes nearly $2M for landslide remediation in 2021 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Lt. Gov. Fetterman slams Texas counterpart for voter fraud reward
Post-Gazette: Pitt vice chancellor named to Biden transition team for commerce
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Cases surge as Allegheny County and Pa. report single-day records
City Paper: Pittsburgh’s Jessica Benham makes history as first LGBTQ woman, openly autistic candidate elected to PA state legislature 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania people named to Biden’s transition team 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County tallies nearly 15,000 more votes, count continues Thursday 
Tribune Review: Lt. Gov. Fetterman seeks claim of $1M voter fraud reward from Texas lieutenant governor 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports record 366 new coronavirus cases 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Covid cases hit records, and why rural parts of Pennsylvania are getting hit harder now
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt senior vice chancellor taking leadership role in Biden transition team

Beaver County Times: Incumbent Matzie re-elected for state rep. of District 16
Beaver County Times: Active cracker plant cases climb amid county, state spike
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Washington County man pleads not guilty to trespassing at Trump rally 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Most area counties add COVID-19 deaths; state sets another record
Observer-Reporter: Political experts weigh in on 2020 election in Cal U. forum 
Observer-Reporter: Pa. sets another daily record number of COVID-19 cases
Altoona Mirror: Courts resolving ballot lawsuits

Citizens Voice: Rain can’t stop pro-Trump protest in Public Square
Citizens Voice: County stats: Trump won votes cast at polls, Biden won mail-in votes
Citizens Voice: 111 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Rain can’t stop pro-Trump protest in Public Square
Times-Tribune: House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, an Abingtons native, loses to Scranton native
Times-Tribune: Four COVID-19 deaths in Northeast Pennsylvania as state tops daily new case record again
The Times Leader: Trump suit mentions suspected Luzerne County voter fraud
The Times Leader: Several new laws in place to assist veterans and military families
The Times Leader: 111 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 4,711 statewide

South Central 
York Dispatch: Rep. Seth Grove to lead state House investigation into election 
York Dispatch: 131 new cases of COVID-19 in York County on Wednesday
Carlisle Sentinel: Election rhetoric from some Cumberland County state legislators mirrors Trump campaign’s efforts to discredit votes
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 106 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Wednesday as Pa. also hits another record 
Patriot News: Dauphin County native son Tim DeFoor readies for his new role as Pa.’s next auditor general
Patriot News: Central Pa. election officials see no evidence of election fraud; one describes GOP effort to ‘exaggerate’
LNP | LancasterOnline: State concedes Lancaster County was right about grace period mail-in ballots
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city district judge charged with misconduct; allegations involve party committee member role 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County sets another daily record, with 202 new coronavirus cases; PA hits new high of 4,711

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Dean Browning explains the bizarre ‘I’m a Black gay guy’ tweet, and what happened when it went viral 
Morning Call: Marty Nothstein’s defamation suit against USA Cycling dismissed 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Another daily record Wednesday with 4,711 cases added
WFMZ: Toomey: Biden is likely to be president, transition process should begin 
WFMZ: Former Lehigh County commissioner goes viral after series of tweets
WFMZ: Lehigh County judge and musician Wayne Maura dies 
WFMZ: Lehigh County may add Juneteenth to list of paid holidays
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 172 new coronavirus cases, most in the fall resurgence
Express Times: ‘I’m a Black gay guy,’ white Lehigh Valley politician tweets. It went viral before he deleted it.
Express Times: Pa.’s largest teaching union calls for school districts to pivot to virtual when COVID-19 cases spike 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Another day, another record with 4,711 new cases; 59 new deaths; Lehigh Valley crosses 14K cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (11/11/20)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Final, unofficial count shows Biden beating Trump by 1,424 votes 
Erie Times-News: Erie postal worker denies recanting fraud claim
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper: Erie County is facing the most difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport judge asked to rule on presidential election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County approves COVID-19 relief for area businesses
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Jersey Shore fills mayor, manager roles
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council approves board, commission reappointments
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on land development that may bring jobs to area
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 46 new COVID-19 cases, 4,711 new cases statewide
Centre Daily Times: Nov. 11 update: Pa. sets record with 4,711 new cases of COVID-19; Centre County adds 55
Centre Daily Times: Here’s how historic Centre County’s voter turnout was, and other notable numbers

John Baer: Can we take politics out of the coronavirus pandemic? 
Larry Platt: Yo, Donald, This is How You Concede An Election! 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Rep. Dawn Keefer — gone fishin’ 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vaccine news brings hope 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Necessary cuts at IUP
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania faces a $5 billion deficit. These taxes and fees would help
Ernest Owens: Yes, Biden Won. Now Can We Talk About How His Campaign Nearly Blew It in Philly?
Rebecca Poyourow: Philadelphia’s voter turnout disappointed this year, but these strategies helped raise it in the 21st Ward 
Jenice Armstrong: VP-elect Kamala Harris’ comments about Black women being ‘too often overlooked’ warmed my heart 
Maria Panaritis: Delco hospitals are swamped by the coronavirus. Can suburban Philly schools stay open? 
Ana White: The election is over. How do we move toward a better America? 
Bill White: How I celebrated Biden’s victory – and Trump’s defeat
Chris Kelly: Biden’s Scranton must extend beyond Green Ridge
Christine Flowers: Why we must all look out for each other
Anthony Murphy: Celebrate Veterans Day online during a raging pandemic to honor our spirit of sacrifice 
Joe Welch: A new maxim for our pandemic era: Resolve is who you are when everyone is watching
The Angry Grammarian: Why the term ‘legal votes’ is racist 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump’s big boy pants

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  1. Trump is still crying in his cheeseburger and now complaining McD is conspiring against him to send him soggy cheeseburgers.

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