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November 8th Playbook

Counties across the state digest Tuesday’s results, while winning candidates discuss their plans for their upcoming terms.

PoliticsPA: Election Results Playbook: It was a good night for Democrats statewide and especially in southeast Pa, but the GOP avoided a total disaster. Here are the full results from Election Day.

Costello Tweets Criticisms of POTUS: Yesterday, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Chester) fired off a series of tweets criticizing Trump on his remarks about candidates who did not run towards his message and calling Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) “predictable, delusional and ridiculous” after he stated more races should have ran closer to the President.   

Skopov Hints at 2020 Rematch with Turzai: The Democratic candidate who fell short in her bid to unseat Speaker Mike Turzai sent out a tweet stating she may give it a go again in 2020, “… Imagine what my team & I will do next time. Don’t get too comfortable”

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Democrats win US House seats, races for governor, US Senate
AP: GOP absorbs losses but retains control in state Legislature
AP: The women who won: Pennsylvania’s female members of Congress
AP: Fetterman isn’t moving into lieutenant governor’s residence
AP: VoteCast: Women, young voters propel Pennsylvania Democrats
AP: VoteCast: Pennsylvania voters say nation headed wrong way
AP: Democrat Tom Wolf wins 2nd term as Pennsylvania governor
AP: Democrats, 4 of them women, win House seats in Pennsylvania
AP: Bob Casey beats Trump-backed Barletta in Senate race
AP: Delaware to move hundreds of inmates to Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: Pipeline opponent wins Chester County seat in state House
PLSReporter: Wolf wins, GOP Senate super majority broken and double digit House seats flip in midterm   
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Rain or shine, nothing kept voters away on Tuesday
PLSReporter: Amid high turnout, Philadelphia sends new faces to Harrisburg
PLSReporter: Southeast takes center stage as Democrats make big General Assembly gains, though Republicans hold majorities
Inquirer: Pa., N.J. congressional election results: Democrats gain four seats in Philly region
Inquirer: Election 2018 takeaways: A realignment, a split, and messages for 2020
WHYY Newsworks: Money flooded Pa. congressional races, but didn’t necessarily make the difference
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. immigrant rights group claims victory in midterm
Billy Penn: Election 2018: The Year of the Woman in Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Challenges ahead for both parties post midterm elections
WESA: After Legislative Gains, PA Dems Anticipate Better Outcomes On Labor, Health Care

PhillyVoice: In Pa. legislature, at least 11 Philly-area incumbents lose
Inquirer: Democrat Brendan Boyle reelected to the House with win in Pa.’s second congressional district
Inquirer: Democrat Dwight Evans reelected to U.S. House in Pa.’s Third District
Inquirer: Philly voters approve $180 million bond question
Philadelphia Magazine: 3 Big Takeaways From the 2018 Midterms (and Other Results to Know)
Philadelphia Magazine: Naturally, There Were More Bible Problems in Philadelphia on Election Day
Philadelphia Magazine: Hey, Philly, This App Tells You Which of Your Friends Don’t Vote
WHYY Newsworks: Federal appeals judges hear arguments in Philly ‘sanctuary city’ case
WHYY Newsworks: Philly design board, neighbors decry plan for Callowhill storage facility
Billy Penn: Is the ‘Trump effect’ why Philly stormed the polls on Tuesday?
Billy Penn: Philly smashed the conventional wisdom that rain keeps people from the polls
Billy Penn: Republican Martina White wins, GOP holds onto PA House seat in far Northeast Philly     
Billy Penn: Joe Hohenstein turns 177th PA House District blue after three decades
KYW Newsradio: Top Democratic leaders relish Election Day together in Northwest Philly
KYW Newsradio: Saxbys recognized by mayor as one of the fastest-growing businesses in city  
Philadelphia Business Journal: Want more manufacturing jobs in Greater Philadelphia? Tap into Pennsylvania’s top energy resource
PhillyVoice: It’s possible every Philly ward exceeded 2014’s voter turnout, according to one tracker
PhillyVoice: John Street: Enough with the ‘loser talk,’ Trump’s president because of voter turnout

Pottstown Mercury: Record midterm voter turnout set in Berks, Chesco, Montco
Pottstown Mercury: Democrats used message, ground game to win
Pottstown Mercury: Dean, Houlahan cruise to victory in 4th, 6th Congressional Districts
Pottstown Mercury: ELECTION 2018: Toepel holds off challenger from Camson in 147th District
Pottstown Mercury: Dems oust GOP state legislators, including Rafferty, Quigley, Kampf
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem voters approve tax increase to support fire companies
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf announces $560K loan to Bristol Township business for expansion
Bucks County Courier Times: Tina Davis not yet conceding in 6th District state Senate race
Bucks County Courier Times: By the numbers: Blue wave falls short of lifting Wallace in PA-01
Inquirer: How Brian Fitzpatrick won in an ‘atrocious political environment’ for suburban Republicans
KYW Newsradio: Sign posted inside Malvern polling place encouraged voters to pull for GOP
Delco Daily Times: Delco GOP: Trump behind Blue Wave in local vote   
Delco Daily Times: Seale: Race too close to call in 168th Pa. House battle  
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby Flip Flop: Once all-Republican Harrisburg contingent now all Democrats  
Delco Daily Times: Check here for the final 2018 Midterm Election results
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2018: Fitzpatrick wins re-election to Congress; Tomlinson appears to have won a squeaker in 6th senatorial district race; Santarsiero wins in 10th
Daily Local News: Who won? Here are the latest 2018 midterm election results   
Daily Local News: At least 100 voters in Phoenixville receive wrong ballot
Daily Local News: Republicans react to election results
Daily Local News: Wolf makes rush hour dash to 69th St. for Dem support

WESA: Demography As Destiny? How Pittsburgh Fared In The 2018 Midterm Elections
WESA: Conor Lamb Beats Fellow Incumbent Keith Rothfus In Race For 17th Congressional District
WESA: Reschenthaler Sails To Victory In Race For 14th Congressional District
WESA: Democratic Socialist Members Innamorato, Lee Easily Secure Seats In PA House
WESA: Turzai Keeps PA House Seat, Wins 28th District Race
City Paper: Dozens of white nationalism fliers hung in Pittsburgh’s South Hills on Election Day
City Paper: We rallied. We voted. What now?  
City Paper: The Blue Wave didn’t crash in Pittsburgh, but Democrats made some ripples
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area Polling Locations Seeing Higher Turnout Than Previous Midterm Elections
KDKA: Squirrel Hill Polling Location Opens Late Due To Election Judge Suffering Medical Emergency
KDKA: Congressman Mike Doyle Says Divided Government Doesn’t Have To Mean Gridlock
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference sending national message about Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Help wanted: A Braddock mayor to fill John Fetterman’s big shoes   
Post-Gazette: Voters say no to property tax increase for children’s programs
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, husband recovering after car crash
Post-Gazette: Bishop Zubik to hold listening sessions on abuse issue
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh establishes public safety fund after outpouring of support
Tribune Review: Westmoreland voter turnout reaches nearly 60 percent
Tribune Review: Former Post-Gazette political cartoonist discusses censorship

Beaver County Times: Strong voter turnout reported in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: State mandate requires paper trail for each vote; equipment could cost Beaver County upwards of $3M
Observer-Reporter: Special election looms in 37th Senatorial District for fourth time in 6 1/2 years
Observer-Reporter: 49th Legislative race will come down to provisional, absentee, military ballots
Altoona Mirror: Bedford sees large demand for ballots
Altoona Mirror: Joyce victorious
Altoona Mirror: Election draws high number of voters
Altoona Mirror: Ottaway hopes to set precedent for future elections
Altoona Mirror: County expects no tax increase
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voter turnout, straight-party ballots up in region, election officials say

The Times Leader: Luzerne County voter turnout exceeds 52 percent
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City administrator Wampole in line for county job  
The Times Leader: With end of political career looming, Barletta looks forward to time with family
The Times Leader: Cartwright keeps seat in US House with win over Chrin
The Times Leader: Meuser scores easy victory over Wolff in 9th Congressional District
Times-Tribune:  Turnout tops for a midterm this century
Times-Tribune: Turnout tops for a midterm this century
Times-Tribune: Scranton council members hear ideas from students
Times-Tribune: Commissioners introduce final 2019 budget including $500K pension allocation
Citizens Voice: Deadline looms to apply for W-B Area board seat
Citizens Voice: Analysis: Pa. sent midterm message to President Trump
Citizens Voice: Former county District Attorney Cohen remembered for compassion, hard work

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Pro-Trump congressman-elect Dan Meuser says Lebanon County won’t be forgotten
Lebanon Daily News: Re-elected Sen. Folmer sets sights on property tax, more medical marijuana in fourth term
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf cruises to re-election but — again — loses
York Daily Record: 5 things we learned in the 2018 Pennsylvania midterm elections
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania women break record, make history in 2018 midterm election
York Dispatch: Fairview Twp. road to close for bridge construction
York Dispatch: Eagle Fire Co. blames E. Manchester for funding problems
LancasterOnline | LNP: Office renovations and relocation for the chief clerk of the PA Senate had a $1M price tag
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2018 roundup for Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Fetterman isn’t moving into Lieutenant governor’s residence
Carlisle Sentinel: Delaware to move hundreds of inmates to Pennsylvania
Carlisle Sentinel: Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rep. Scott Parry ready for a new term in Congress; puts health care reform at top of agenda
Harrisburg Patriot News: Why were so many races called minutes after polls closed?
Harrisburg Patriot News: A high-dollar fight: Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Swatara, CD battling big tax break from Norfolk Southern
Harrisburg Patriot News: Turnout in Pennsylvania surpassed typical midterm elections, officials say

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks voters pack the polls for critical midterm
Reading Eagle: Oley Township voters approve measure to help fund library
Reading Eagle: Shoemakersville’s proposed $1.85 million budget would not raise taxes
Morning Call: Marty Nothstein leads in race to finish Charlie Dent’s term
Morning Call: Easton district judge says she won’t seek a second term next year
Morning Call: Tamaqua School Board meets tonight on controversial policy to arm teachers, staff
WFMZ: Easton School Board reviews elementary school
WFMZ: Berks Community Foundation awards grants for rural arts programs
WFMZ: Berks Election Services: Voter turnout in Berks was 55 perfect
Express Times: He’s under 30 and he’s Warren County’s newest freeholder
Express Times: No-show school board member indicted on theft charges wins re-election

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: PA midterm election: Who won in Centre County and the state?
Centre Daily Times: ‘We were not expecting this.’ Election sees high voter turnout, especially at Penn State
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council to consider abatement for development
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Heavy showing for strong mayor in city
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Marino defeats Friedenberg with easy win
Erie Times-News: Gorka’s Erie appearance sparks protests     
Erie Times-News: Tax, fee hikes proposed for 2019 Erie budget
Erie Times-News: Election Day: The latest from around Erie County  

Inquirer Editorial Board: Election 2018 recap: Winners and losers
Inquirer Editorial Board: Having failed their duty, Catholic bishops should turn over secret archives
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The voters pour forth: High citizen participation is good for the republic
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Brazil tests the right: Is Jair Bolsonaro a tough-talker or an autocrat?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The purple majesty of the founders: Voters calibrate and tack in 2018
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A deeper shade of blue?: Big wins in the Keystone State help the Democrats
David M. Shribman: Iowans rebel
John Baer: What will Gov. Wolf’s second term look like?
Maria Panaritis: A midterms nail-biter in Bucks County means bad news for Pa. Democrats. But this is Bucks!
Will Bunch: Trump appealed to the very worst in America. Too often, it worked.
Dom Giordano: Election Day 2018: Ups, downs, and a record 113 million voters
Trudy Rubin: Election 2018: House win means Democrats can scrutinize Trump’s foreign policy
Mike Newall: ‘Meet a veteran’ talks bring the Constitution Center to life — and death
Jonathan Zimmerman: Why do we provide affirmative action for athletes?
Paul A. Offit: What a vaccine scientist facing angry anti-vaxxers wishes he had said
Helen Ubiñas: Voting for first time, @Wallo267 has some advice for fellow returning citizens and politicians
Solomon Jones: Central Americans’ long walk north strikes familiar chords
Stu Bykofsky: A Jew with guns and no apologies
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Philly leads the way on marijuana decriminalization
Anna Libertin and Mary Boo: Kids suffer when Catholic foster agencies don’t support same-sex parents

5 Responses

  1. Emily Skopov is coming unglued. Her late night Twitter tantrums reek of someone who got so high off the constant attention from her echo chamber and suddenly she’s irrelevant. She lost by almost 10 points in the “best chance” year for the dems. Given the results elsewhere on Tuesday, a 10 point win for any Republican was a great night.

  2. I don’t know Val but I think it is missing the point to blame the Republican loss on him. The blame lies completely on the shoulders of Scott Wagner. Val could not stop Scott Wagner from making a fool of himself with debacles that ranged from arguing with a young voter at a town meeting in Montgomery County, he could not stop Wagner from confronting a tracker at York Country Club, he could not stop Wagner from basically saying he wanted to walk across the leader of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s face with golf spikes. Let’s put the blame right where it belongs on the poor candidacy of Scott Wagner who revealed himself to be a thin skinned gubernatorial nominee who had little political experience and even less political skills. Scott Wagner was an epic colossal failure of such magnitude that he, most likely, was the worst nominee the Pennsylvania Republican Party has ever put up in it’s entire history. Additionally, let’s give credit where credit is due in that Tom Wolf is an excellent candidate who perfect in his role as Democratic nominee for Governor. I don’t think he had record breaking advisers but rather Wolf was just a flawless candidate who is skilled and makes few mistakes in a campaign. Bottom line: the catastrophic failure of the Wagner campaign goes way beyond his advisers and supporter and goes directly to the candidate himself–Scott Wagner.

  3. The comments sections in a couple of threads is revealing. They really think Val was the problem. The message the voters sent was not received. The poor Lou thing is really funny. Great. They will run Trumpers everywhere.

    1. Val was a disaster. He rigged the endorsement process for Wagner. Wagner got the ticket slaughtered. Lou could have won, but Val never supported his campaign. Val loved riding around on the helicopters with Wagner and Zaborney. Good move. Probably had a good view of all the losses from up there. In Chester County, the GOP had 7 State Reps going into Election Day, now they have 2.

      What did the state party do to help candidates? If you do a poll of candidates and they would say not a damn thing.

      At the next PAGOP Meeting, members should call for new leadership elections…. but they won’t. Too bad. Rob Gleason, Ted Christian, Jerry Morgan… Bring someone back who can win. If I was Trump, I would be on the phone with Rob Gleason right now.

  • 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%)

    Total Voters: 112

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