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November 6th Playbook

Democrats win big in eastern PA, Republicans makes gains in western PA, while the parties split the statewide court races. Here is the Playbook.

King, McCaffery Lead Superior Court Race: One Democrat and One Republican seem to be the apparent winners for the race after 96% of the vote counted.

Working Families Party Candidate Wins Philly City Council At-Large Seat: Kendra Brooks, who received endorsements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym, becomes the first third party candidate to win an at-large seat on the city’s council.

O’Connell Cruises In Allentown Mayoral Race: The interim Mayor coasted to victory over Republican Tim Ramos.

Dems Flip Chesco and Delco: Two years after winning their first seats in Delaware County, the Democrats will represent all five seats on the county council, while Chester County flip the Commissioner and District Attorney seats.

Allegheny County DA: Zappala Fends Off Challenge from Middleman: The longtime Democratic Allegheny County District Attorney fought off a challenge from the left from public defender Lisa Middleman.

Moran Elected Reading Mayor: Moran becomes the first Latino elected to lead the city.

Cognetti Wins Scranton Mayoral Race: The former Scranton School Director who ran as an Independent will serve the rest of Courtright’s term.

GOP Flips Washington, Westmoreland Counties: In both commissioner races in western Pennsylvania, the Republican party is now in the majority in both Washington and Westmoreland counties. 

NYT/Sienna Poll: Trump, Dem Front Runners in Dead Heat: The latest poll shows President Donald Trump locked in a tight race with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in Pennsylvania.

Klobuchar Pushes Electability in Philly: The Minnesota Senator stressed the need for the Democrats to have a candidate at the top of the presidential ticket capable of winning the “blue wall” states back from Trump.

Biden Fundraises in Pittsburgh: Former Vice President Joe Biden returned to Pennsylvania on Tuesday to attend a fundraiser in Pittsburgh, but included a surprise visit to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s victory party. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania settling close races for judge, county control
AP: The Latest: Democrats claim victory in another Philly suburb
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats, Republicans each appear set to pick up one seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Controversial victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law wins majority support; still faces court challenge 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: From Johnson to Clinton: How Pa’s Capitol Hill delegation played a role in impeachment 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election 2019: Read the Capital-Star’s live blog of the key races around Pa.
WITF: Pa. voters approve Marsy’s Law by wide margin, but legal challenge could block it
PLSReporter: Election Day Results: Live updates on Marsy’s Law, judicial races and local elections from across the state 
PLSReporter: Voters across state make use of new voting machines, as ’hiccups’ dog rollout in some areas
WHYY Newsworks: 2019 Pennsylvania general election results
KYW Newsradio: State officials say they have the upper hand when it comes to protecting your votes
Inquirer: The race for Pennsylvania Superior Court is too close to call
National Journal: Trump Never Spoke to Parnell Before Urging Him to Run
The Hill: Astronaut casts his Pennsylvania absentee ballot from space 
PA Post: Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians in jail are eligible to vote, but will they?

Billy Penn: Working Families Party wins City Council seat in historic Philly election
Billy Penn: Mayor Kenney Part II: What’s next for Philly under his watch?
Billy Penn: ‘Cleaning out my office’: Four new faces are coming to Philadelphia City Council
Inquirer: The blue wave crashed down on Pennsylvania again, as voters from Philly to Delaware County turned left
Inquirer: Kendra Brooks captured a Philadelphia City Council seat in a historic win for the Working Families Party and Philly progressives
Inquirer: Marsy’s Law got wide support in Pa., even though it won’t count yet, and Philly voters approved borrowing $185M for buildings
Inquirer: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney won reelection without even campaigning. Now what?
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s 2023 race for mayor is officially underway. 7 people who could be next.
Inquirer: Republican Brian O’Neill beats back challenge from Judy Moore in 10th District City Council race
Inquirer: Everyone’s talking about politics. But where are voters in Philly’s 2019 election?
Inquirer: Environmental groups no longer back Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban. Here’s why.
Inquirer: The head of the Philly soda-tax-funded Rebuild program has resigned
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia re-elects mayor Jim Kenney
KYW Newsradio: Working Families Party’s Kendra Brooks wins a Philadelphia City Council seat
KYW Newsradio: General election results: Jim Kenney wins re-election, NJ Assembly and more
Northeast Times: Late night
Philadelphia Tribune: Democrats socialize and strategize at Relish
WHYY Newsworks: Twitchy touchscreens, tiny font, button confusion: Did Philly’s new voting machines pass their test?
Philly Voice: Jim Kenney wins re-election bid as Philadelphia mayor

Delco Daily Times: Dems sweep all Delco council races in historic rout 
Delco Daily Times: Dem Stollsteimer upends incumbent GOP D.A. Copeland
Delco Daily Times: Turnout in historic Delco election hits 40 percent 
Delco Daily Times: Delco Dems sweep four judge seats 
Delco Daily Times: GOP holds off Dem challengers in Springfield 
Delco Daily Times: Keffer tops Micozzie as Dems take council, mayor in Upper Darby
Daily Local News: Commissioners race won by Chesco Democrats 
Daily Local News: Historic wins as Democrat Ryan is new DA, Maddox new Sherriff 
Daily Local News: Democrats best GOP in Chesco judicial races 
Daily Local News: Check here for all the election results
Daily Local News: Voters return Soto to Phoenixville council seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Democrats takes control of Bucks county government
Bucks County Courier Times: 2 Dems, Republican take Bucks County judge seats
Bucks County Courier Times: Incumbent Dem Jeff Boraski to hold onto Falls seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Republicans hold seats on Bensalem council, school board
Bucks County Courier Times: Democrats gain full control in Lower Makefield
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill would exclude volunteer fire, rescue squads from Right-to-Know requests
WHYY Newsworks: In historic win, Democrats take Delaware County Council in a ‘clean sweep’
Inquirer: Democrats make history by winning control of Delaware County
Inquirer: Democrats win across the Philadelphia region as Republicans are fading even on friendly turf
Pottstown Mercury: Sterling, Walker and Hilles elected to Montco bench
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Democrats win control of Bucks County government; sweep commissioners race, row offices
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Democrats win complete control of the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisor 
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Democrats sweep Yardley Borough Council race 
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Democrats win supervisors race in Newtown Township
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Democrats win complete control of Newtown Borough Council
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Morrisville Borough Councilwoman wins district justice race 

Post-Gazette: DA Zappala holds off challenger Middleman
Post-Gazette: Biden rips ‘condescending’ Democrats at Pittsburgh fund-raising speech 
Post-Gazette: Biden surprises union hall as Fitzgerald, Wagner roll to easy victories in top county races
Post-Gazette: Voters endorse measure to allow tax hike for upkeep, improvement of city parks 
Post-Gazette: Mayoral ally Wilson to replace critic Darlene Harris on Pittsburgh council
Post-Gazette: City ethics board fines Harris over campaign finance reporting violations
Post-Gazette: Newcomer leading incumbent for South Hills seat on Allegheny County Council 
Post-Gazette: Moon attorney wins west county magistrate seat; PPS board incumbents roll 
Post-Gazette: City schools propose tax increase for 2020
WESA: Zappala Holds Off Middleman In District Attorney Race
WESA: No Election Night Surprise In City Council Races
WESA: City Parks Tax Passes Narrowly, With Pledge to ‘Improve Every Park’ in Pittsburgh
WESA: Democrats Make Gains In County Government
Tribune Review: 2019 election results from across Western Pa. 
Tribune Review: Joe Biden congratulates Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on reelection victory 
Tribune Review: Chelsa Wagner wins another term as Allegheny County Controller
Tribune Review: Allegheny County DA Stephen A. Zappala Jr. claims victory over challenger Lisa Middleman 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s North Side has new city council representative 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh voters approve 0.5-mill tax increase to fund city parks
Tribune Review: 2 incumbents, challenger win contested Allegheny County Council races
KDKA: Joe Biden Holds 2020 Presidential Campaign Fundraising Event In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Voters Head To Polls Across Pa., Some Seeing Changes To Ballot Process
City Paper: What’s really behind the creation of Pennsylvania’s new E-Verify law?
City Paper: Photos: Independent DA candidate Lisa Middleman’s election party

Beaver County Times: Camp, Amadio and Manning to lead county
Beaver County Times: Lozier fends off Knafelc in close race for county’s district attorney seat 
Beaver County Times: Laura Tocci defeats Steven Necaster to become county’s next judge
Beaver County Times: Egley to become treasurer
Beaver County Times: Democrat Michael Rossi edges Republican Jodi Hill for Beaver County Prothonotary
Beaver County Times: Republican Ron Alberti named Beaver County’s Recorder of Deeds
Beaver County Times: Longo tops Rossi for Controller
Beaver County Times: Guy beats Kress in sheriff’s race rematch
Beaver County Times: Beaver County voters approve of new “machines”
Beaver County Times: Live: Beaver County election results
Tribune Review: GOP seizes back control of Westmoreland commissioner board; Cerilli eeks out final seat
Tribune Review: Stewart, Walsh win Westmoreland judicial race; Bononi, Scherer get second terms
Tribune Review: James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | Dems Chernisky and Smith, GOP’s Hunt elected Cambria commissioners 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | Republican challenger Neugebauer defeats Callihan for Cambria DA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | Thomas wins Somerset County DA race, unseating Lazzari-Strasiser 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | Walker, Dawson, Tokar-Ickes win Somerset County commissioner race 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | UPDATE: GOP’s Arnone wins Johnstown Council seat; 2 Dems in dead heat for second spot 
Observer-Reporter: Republicans return to power with Washington County commissioners 
Observer-Reporter: Republicans sweep to victory in commissioners, DA races
Observer-Reporter: Republican rout? GOP row officers leading, but 1,200 absentee ballots are yet to be tallied
Observer-Reporter: Democrats win Washington, Monongahela races
Observer-Reporter: LIVE COVERAGE: Election results 
Altoona Mirror: Cambria re-elects two incumbents 
Altoona Mirror: Pacifico secures mayoral re-election 
Altoona Mirror: Webster leads votes; Beam ousted
Altoona Mirror: Officials, voters praise new system
Citizens Voice: Cognetti elected as first woman mayor of Scranton
Citizens Voice: Republicans win 4 of 6 county council seats
Citizens Voice: Brooks, Barrett fend off challengers to secure W-B council seats
Citizens Voice: George Brown officially Wilkes-Barre’s next mayor 
Citizens Voice: County judges will be retained 
Citizens Voice: DA Salavantis wins third term, unopposed
Citizens Voice: Low excitement leads to low voter turnout 
Citizens Voice: Cusat wins second term as Hazleton mayor 
Times-Tribune: History made in Scranton mayor’s race 
Times-Tribune: Notarianni/Domenick win majority control of Lackawanna County commissioners’ office
Times-Tribune: Voters elect first openly gay Scranton councilwoman 
Times-Tribune: Scranton voters approve district payroll tax question
Times-Tribune: Three Lackawanna County judges earn 10-year terms 
Times-Tribune: Dunmore councilman Hayes ousted while McHale’s fate uncertain 
Times-Tribune: DiBileo easily wins third term as Lackawanna County controller 
Times-Tribune: Complete Lackawanna County Election Results List 
The Times Leader: Brown eager to take office as next mayor of Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: 2 incumbents, 4 others win county council seats 
The Times Leader: Barrett wins fifth term for Wilkes-Barre District D council seat
The Times Leader: Municipal Roundup: Ryncavage wins seat in Plymouth, Cusat reelected in Hazleton
The Times Leader: State, federal officials closely monitoring Election Day cybersecurity

South Central 
Patriot News: Election 2019: Here are results of races across central Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: GOP officials file legal action in Pa. after ‘massive voting machine malfunctions’; ballots placed in suitcase 
Patriot News: Voters experienced only ‘isolated’ issues at the polls, says Pa. secretary of state
Patriot News: Ebert wins race for Cumberland County DA; Smith, Hyams capture county judgeships 
Patriot News: Perry County election results: Election 2019 
Patriot News: Who won? Lebanon County election results 
Patriot News: Lancaster County election results 
Patriot News: Who won? Cumberland County election results 
Patriot News: Republicans hold Dauphin County board of commissioners; Democrat Hartwick takes third seat 
Patriot News: Who won? Dauphin County election results 
Patriot News: Pa. voters overwhelmingly support ballot question for crime victims 
Patriot News: Who will Pa. voters vote for in the 2020 primary? A fresh new poll answers this question and more | Battleground Pa. podcast 
Patriot News: Casting ballots on new voting systems proves challenging for some voters
York Daily Record: Saying he was ‘appointed by God,’ GOP candidate declares victory in York County judge race
York Daily Record: Sheriff Keuerleber leads in re-election bid 
York Daily Record: Who won the York County commissioners race? 
York Daily Record: York County struggles with new voting machines; results incomplete well after midnight
York Dispatch: Election results: Officials still counting; GOP has wide leads in county-wide races 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s where you can get 2019 Lancaster County election results
LNP | LancasterOnline: Craig Stedman will be Lancaster County’s next Court of Common Pleas judge [Election 2019] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Adams beats Crystle to become Lancaster County’s first female district attorney [Election 2019]  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Attorney General Josh Shapiro will talk about opioids, Trump, legalizing marijuana; here’s how to watch 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Election Day 2019 in Lancaster County: key races, turnout and more
LNP | LancasterOnline: New magisterial district judges elected in Lancaster city, Elizabethtown 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lititz Republican, 47, wins prothonotary race against 27-year-old Democrat  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Democrats take control in Manheim Township; here are municipal results 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Cumberland County Election Results 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Democrats win all seats on Carlisle borough council 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Capozzi, Hamilton take seats on South Middleton Township board 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Many incumbents retake their seats in township races 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Smith, Hyams win Cumberland County judgeships 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Ebert, Neiderer win Cumberland County row offices 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019 Roundup: A look at winners of county, municipal and school board races

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley election roundup: Machine issues prompt Northampton to re-scan ballots; Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell gets to drop ‘interim’ from title
Morning Call: Northampton County to rescan ballots after GOP chair calls for recount: ‘We have a hanging chad moment’ 
Morning Call: Allentown delivers Ray O’Connell two more years in mayor’s office
Morning Call: Democrats appear to have won historic sweep in Lehigh County 
Morning Call: John Cusick, Tony Bassil lead in Northampton County races
Morning Call: Terry Houck leading in race to replace Northampton County DA John Morganelli 
Morning Call: Two fresh faces to join Allentown City Council following Democratic sweep 
Morning Call: Mayor Sal Panto Jr. will lead Easton for another four years 
Morning Call: At Lehigh Valley colleges, Rep. Susan Wild touts bill to make college ‘more affordable, more inclusive’ 
Reading Eagle: Eddie Moran becomes first Latino to be elected mayor of Reading
Reading Eagle: Berks County voters elect 1 newcomer, keep 2 incumbents on board of commissioners
Reading Eagle: Election Night was historic for Latinos and women in Reading 
Reading Eagle: Republicans win 11 of 15 Berks County contests for township supervisor, commissioner 
Reading Eagle: Weaknecht retains job as Berks sheriff with big win 
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s new voting machines get mostly good reviews 
Reading Eagle: Newcomers win seats in several key Berks County boroughs; former West Reading Mayor Valentin Rodriguez Jr. fails in bid for borough council
Express Times: Allentown’s interim mayor has just been elected to a full term in apparent landslide 
Express Times: Morganelli, Kassis are apparent judge races winners after paper ballot recount 
Express Times: Houck wins Northampton County district attorney race, unofficial results say
Express Times: After ‘irregularities while voting,’ Northampton County is counting paper ballots 
Express Times: Easton Mayor Sal Panto staves off challenge from firefighter to win 4th term 
Express Times: Election Day 2019: How are those new voting machines working out?

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: 2019 municipal election in Erie County
Erie Times-News: Witherspooon, Brzezinski, Keys capture Erie City Council seats
Erie Times-News: Final unofficial results in for Erie County
Erie Times-News: Erie County voter turnout almost 29 percent
Erie Times-News: Clear, Schauerman, Shank win Erie County Council seats 
Erie Times-News: Connelly, Ridge win Erie County judge race 
Erie Times-News: Erie budget proposal includes property-tax hike 
Erie Times-News: Dan Ouellet defeats John Groh for Millcreek supervisor
Centre Daily Times: Election Day produces upsets on Centre County councils and boards of supervisors 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Board of Commissioners make history on Election Night 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Slaughter wins mayor 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County adds new Commissioner 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New voting machines bring mixed reactions 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council gets 3 new faces, 1 incumbent 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Transportation committee adopts coordinated transit plan 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montgomery mayor undecided; Loyalsock’s Nyman, Bower hold onto current seats 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Huffman grabs register and recorder post

Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly general election | Endorsement Guide
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Shame on state lawmakers: Campaign funds need more regulation
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lessons from the road: Safety tech needed to reduce pedestrian, cyclist deaths 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Limit kids’ online video time
Steve Santarsiero: Protecting healthcare in Pennsylvania
Chris Kelly: Dear Scranton Mayor-elect
Marilyn Mulvihill: Our gun violence epidemic is a uniquely American problem. But Americans have the expertise to solve it
Ann Eisenberg: As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve a just transition. Here’s how to make that happen
John L. Micek: Is this the only Pittsburgh road map you’ll ever need? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Dan Simpson: Donald Trump’s lies are beginning to catch up with him
B.G. Kelley: NCAA should allow paid endorsements, sponsorships for college athletes 
Hans Menos, Anjelica Hendricks, and Janine Zajac: Malcolm Jenkins’ police commissioner forum helped envision future of Philly policing 
Helen Ubiñas: When people on the front lines of gun violence burn out, who is there to help them? 
Will Bunch: From Deadspin to picket lines at GM and in Chicago, a moral workplace is 2020’s stealth issue

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  1. There was a lot of straight party line voting in the Superior Court race but McCaffery edged Green-Hawakins in most counties and King outpolled Peck everywhere but Peck’s Cumberland county. The bellwether of Erie county is about the only county where the candidates order of finish matched the state-wide total. It’s interesting King finished third in her home county of Chester. That county is really moving Dem fast. Geography used to be a bigger factor than party in these state-wide judicial races. That has certainly changed over time.

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