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November 24th Playbook

Counties across the commonwealth certified election results, while Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new stay-at-home advisory aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Here is the Playbook. 

Toomey Congratulates President-elect Biden After Federal Court Dismisses Trump’s PA Lawsuit: Sen. Pat Toomey congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Saturday after a federal court in Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign that challenged results in the state. Trump took a shot at Toomey for congratulating Biden and Harris.

State Rep. Jim Gregory Tests Positive for COVID-19: The Blair County Republican’s office sent out a statement on Friday morning announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Tuesday morning, we still are waiting for a call in a state Senate race and multiple congressional candidates have also yet to concede. 

Want to see results from previous days? Check out PoliticsPA’s Wednesday (Nov. 4), Thursday (Nov. 5), Friday (Nov. 6), Monday (Nov. 9), Tuesday (Nov. 10), Wednesday (Nov. 11), Thursday (Nov. 12), Friday (Nov. 13), Monday (Nov. 16), Tuesday (Nov. 17), Wednesday (Nov. 18), Thursday (Nov. 19), Friday (Nov. 20), and Monday (Nov. 23) Election Playbooks. 

Here’s an update of where we stand as of Tuesday, Nov. 24 in PA. 

President. Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. The AP called the race for Biden on Nov. 7 at 11:25 A.M. As of Tuesday morning, Biden leads Trump by 81,020 votes (1.2%) 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 Nov. 6. As of Tuesday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 306,042 votes (4.51%). For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor on Nov. 6. As of Tuesday morning, DeFoor leads by 209,467 votes (3.11%). For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity defeated incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella. On Nov. 10, Torsella conceded in the race. As of Tuesday morning, Garrity leads by 53,134 votes (0.79%). 

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 Nov. 6. As of Tuesday morning, Wild leads by 16,163 votes (or by 4.2 points) with 98% 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 Nov. 6. As of Tuesday morning, Cartwright leads by 12,213 votes (or by 3.6 points) with 95% 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 Nov. 7. As of Tuesday morning, Lamb leads by 2.2 points (9,596 votes) with 97% of estimated votes reported. Parnell has not conceded in the race.

State Senate and House

Republicans have flipped four state House seats, (HD-33), (HD-55), (HD-123), and (HD-143), most notably unseating House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). Democrats have flipped one seat in the Philly suburbs (HD-152). 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: Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) trails GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by 4 votes, as of Tuesday morning, according to DOS

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: County by county, Pennsylvania officials report vote results
AP: Thanksgiving could make or break US coronavirus response
AP: Wolf shuts bars on Thanksgiving eve to fight COVID-19 spread
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs no-new-tax budget bills to get state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year
Patriot News: Pa. legislative committee rejects request to conduct election audit
Patriot News: Trump campaign asks appeals court to prevent certification of Pa. votes for president
Patriot News: COVID-19 volunteer program, facing multiple hurdles, aims for spring 2021 launch
Patriot News: Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores to be opened Wednesday evening, closed Thanksgiving: PLCB
Patriot News: Restaurant owners question Gov. Wolf’s 5 p.m. alcohol cutoff on biggest bar night, call it unfair
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (11/23/2020): Where does Pa. stand?
Spotlight PA: In rare move, bipartisan panel rejects Pa. House request to audit 2020 election
Spotlight PA: Did you go to Milton Hershey School? Tell us about your experience.
WESA: Despite Election Losses, Democrats Will Have Advantages In Next Year’s Redistricting Process
USA Today: Pa. election audit effort resolution rejected by bicameral legislative committee
USA Today: Trump carries on fight to overturn Pennsylvania’s election even as his administration green-lights Biden transition 
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania could run out of ICU beds by next week as COVID patients overwhelm hospitals 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Gov. Wolf announces stay at home ‘advisory’ to combat COVID-19 spread; orders bars, restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ag. Secretary Redding: Buying Pa. Preferred is an easy way to support Pa. farmers this Thanksgiving
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court hands Trump another setback, rules ballots can be counted even if voter didn’t completely fill out the envelope, report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With audit rejected, lawmakers shift focus to future changes to Pa.’s election code
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s TGiving Eve shutdown order a glass half-empty for Pa. bars and taverns | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Pennsylvania counties certify election results despite isolated pushback from Trump allies 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania nursing homes in line to be shielded from COVID-19 lawsuits 
Inquirer: The GOP warned Susquehanna County voters that Biden would ban fracking. Few believe it will happen. 
Inquirer: With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising, Pa. prepares for overburdened hospitals; Fauci says we may be able to toss our masks by late 2021
Inquirer: As Thanksgiving nears, Pa. tells people to stay home and bars not to serve Wednesday night 
Morning Call: New Pennsylvania coronavirus measures: What you need to know about stay-at-home advisory, gathering limits, enforcement and more
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Wolf to enforce mask-wearing, limit pre-Thanksgiving booze sales as cases surge
WHYY Newsworks: Biden supporters in Pennsylvania look ahead to a ‘traditional presidency’
PLSReporter: Wolf signs $35.5 billion state budget 
PLSReporter: Wolf tightens COVID-19 enforcement, issues stay-at-home ‘advisory’ as cases surge 
PLSReporter: LBFC declines to audit election; House State Government presses ahead with review  
WITF: Some counties will miss Pennsylvania’s election results certification deadline
Fox News: Pennsylvania governor who required COVID masks be worn indoors bans alcohol sales night before Thanksgiving 
Fox News: PA Supreme Court rejects Trump challenge to absentee ballots in Allegheny County
CNHI News: New COVID restrictions rolled out ahead of holiday
CNHI News: Democrats block GOP-pushed audit of election
The Hill: Pennsylvania Republicans sue in last-ditch effort to stop election certification
CNN: Pennsylvania to ban alcohol sales at bars and restaurants on Thanksgiving eve in effort to stop coronavirus spread 
CNN: Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign’s effort to block counting certain absentee ballots
LNP | LancasterOnline: These 10 PA counties had the highest per capita rates of new coronavirus cases for Nov. 17-23  

WHYY Newsworks: Philly region certifies election results as Trump legal challenges continue to falter
WHYY Newsworks: ‘It’s a conversation’: Philly’s alternative to landlord-tenant court is preventing eviction
WHYY Newsworks: Philly chef Vetri called out for transphobic tweet, apologizes
Inquirer: Philly’s reserve funds could be dangerously low by July. City officials hope for more federal aid.  
Philadelphia Magazine: The Mummers Are Secretly Planning a Parade, Even Though Philly Has Canceled It 
Philadelphia Magazine: A Pennsylvania Judge Absolutely Eviscerated Trump’s Last-Ditch Election Lawsuit 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philadelphia Fitness Coalition Forms to Protest Shutdown Without Aid
Philly Voice: Comcast to impose internet data threshold, overage fees in Northeast U.S. in 2021
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council one step closer to banning 3-D-printed ghost guns
Billy Penn: ‘There is no bar business anyway’: Thanksgiving Eve booze ban disappoints, confuses Philly restaurant owners
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia restaurateurs seek ‘urgent and dramatic’ action from City Council to help industry survive

Levittown Now: County Certifies 2020 Election Results 
Daily Local News: Chesco officials certify historic victory for Joe Biden
Daily Local News: Deana’s Law withers in state House
Daily Local News: Chester County officials: Stay home this Thanksgiving
Bucks County Courier Times: Nurses at St. Mary Medical Center back at work, still seek negotiations 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County reports 17 new deaths, record 2,074 new coronavirus cases
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County certifies 2020 general election results
Pottstown Mercury: State Sen. Mensch attends promotion ceremony

Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court allows count of 2,000 ballots challenged by Nicole Ziccarelli
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto proposes adding COVID-19 sick leave under local ordinance 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County certifies election results 
Post-Gazette: PennDOT says it’s out of cash, needs to borrow $600M to continue road, bridge projects 
WESA: Allegheny County Certifies November Election Results 
WESA: ‘It’s So Irresponsible’: County Executive On Plum Borough School District, COVID-19 Restrictions 
City Paper: Sen. Lindsey Williams sounds alarm on PennDOT shortfall that would result in 240,000 lost jobs
City Paper: Peduto proposes Pittsburgh city pandemic paid sick leave legislation as federal act runs out 
City Paper: UPDATE: KDKA-TV producers officially unionize with SAG-AFTRA 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court says undated mail-in ballots in Nicole Ziccarelli case can be counted
Tribune Review: Congressman Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell seek injunction to stop Pa. election certification
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council passes covid sick leave resolution, historical designations
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Board of Elections certifies election results 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 962 new covid cases in 2 days, no new deaths
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Board Of Elections Votes 2-1 To Certify General Election Results 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Certain Mail-In Ballots Without Declaration Dates May Be Counted
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Mayor Bill Peduto Proposes Pandemic Sick Leave
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Steelers To Limit Fans At Heinz Field After Health Officials Announce New Virus Mitigation Efforts
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 962 Coronavirus Cases Over 48 Hours 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto proposes paid Covid-19 leave for Pittsburgh workers

Observer-Reporter: Certifying vote totals makes unofficial results official in hotly contested presidential race
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: Close bars on holiday eve
Tribune Review: Westmoreland judge tosses more than 200 ballots elections board wanted counted
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 331 covid cases, 5 deaths in 2 days
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Somerset certify election results 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State tracking hospital capacity as COVID-19 numbers continue surge 

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County certifies election results, Biden wins county by 9,657 votes 
Times-Tribune: Cognetti participates in virtual mayoral conference about pandemic with Biden, Harris 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board certifies Nov. 3 general election results 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council to discuss state-requested pollution reduction plan 
The Times Leader: Proposed COVID-19 relief program to offer assistance for WB residents 
The Times Leader: Rep. Mullery closing Freeland office on Nov. 30  
Citizens Voice: Election board certifies election results; 3-2 vote on party lines
Citizens Voice: Mullery closing Freeland office
Citizens Voice: COVID-19 precautions could blunt flu cases
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County adds 82 new COVID-19 cases

South Central 
York Dispatch: Wheeler: No issues with Dominion voting machines in York County
York Dispatch: No tax hike in 2021, York County officials say 
York Dispatch: As York County smashes COVID-19 records, Wolf implements new restrictions
York Daily Record: York County surges to more than 500 positive COVID-19 cases in one day 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County certifies election results in unanimous vote
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf administration issues more COVID-19 orders for schools, bars; advises against holiday gatherings
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 251 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County over weekend; single-day recorded exceeded Sunday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County certifies 2020 election results 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s rate for positive COVID tests more than double the target level 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County gains 646 new cases in 48-hour span 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County officials to hold press conference amid COVID-19 spike 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bar owners, managers bemoan restriction as Wolf blocks alcohol sales on night before Thanksgiving
Patriot News: Protesters in Harrisburg call for COVID-19 relief for low-income, elderly and incarcerated people
Patriot News: Should Cumberland County consider selling its nursing home now or wait until the COVID-19 pandemic ends?

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Allentown City Council again postpones vote on resign-to-run law as mayoral race gets underway
Morning Call: Hundreds of Pennsylvania road projects to halt next week without PennDOT funding; senators seek answers 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley, other Pa. counties make their election results official, a setback for Trump’s efforts to overturn loss
Express Times: Northampton County launching pandemic risk management and recovery training for small businesses
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 4,762 new cases after state crosses 300K cases; state reaching record-high hospitalizations; Lehigh Valley hits 18K cases with Lehigh County past 10K and Northampton County nearing 8K | Pa. COVID-19 county map (11/23/20)
Reading Eagle: Reading cuts proposed tax increase in half 
Reading Eagle: To guard against potential post-Thanksgiving coronavirus spike, Reading City Hall will close until mid-December 
Reading Eagle: Berks and 62 other Pa. counties have a substantial risk of community spread of coronavirus, report shows
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 203 new coronavirus cases, the highest 1-day increase since April
WFMZ: Reading mayor hands out turkeys outside DoubleTree Hotel
WFMZ: Reading City Hall to be closed for 2 weeks after Thanksgiving

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County board of elections votes unanimously to certify election results
Centre Daily Times: Nov. 23 update: Pa. adds almost 12,000 weekend cases of COVID-19; Centre County has 183
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports 106 new cases of COVID-19
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 32 new COVID-19 cases

John Joyce: American innovation promises covid-19 hope
Jon Geeting: A Closer Look at Act 77
Charles McElwee: Biden may have won the presidency, but the GOP won Pennsylvania’s future 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Criminal justice and college applications 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: ’Tis the season to be healthy
Ana White: Amid a fall COVID-19 surge, let’s call a time-out on sports 
Tony Norman: Pa: From COVID-19 hot zone to voter disenfranchisement hot mess
Charlie Gerow: Enough of politics: let’s give thanks
Thomas Koenig: Let Philly Be Our Guide Out of Our Divisions
Marwan Kreidie and James Zogby: Joe Biden’s win was a victory for Arab-Americans in Pa. and nationwide. This is why 
Emily Depasse: COVID-19 shaming, like sex shaming, is bad for public health 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Kicking out Trump’s Pa. lawsuit

2 Responses

  1. What a shame that people are able to vote and did so. How dare we allow democracy by popular vote. LOL

  2. Act 77 SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PASSED! Our Republican Legislators that voted for this should all face a Primary and should be voted out of office! Never again will our Presidential Election Process be trusted! Any Republican Legislator that voted for this should remove themselves from the Republican Party and become Democrats!

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

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