The blue wave won’t take PA-10.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) won another term in the House after defeating Democrat George Scott.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Perry holds a 51% of the vote, to Scott’s 49%. Scott conceded around 11:15pm.
“The bottom line is, we didn’t quite make it. I just got off the phone with Congressman Scott Perry and congratulated him on his victory.” –@GScott4Congress @fox43 @RepScottPerry pic.twitter.com/vYNi40Ksoc
— Samantha Galvez (@SamanthaRGalvez) November 7, 2018
In recent weeks, this race between Perry and Scott emerged as one of the most closely watched in the state.
The newly drawn district went to President Trump by nearly 10 points, but Perry’s position in the conservative House Freedom Caucus plus Scott’s background in the U.S. Army and as a Lutheran minister opened the door for a competitive race.
Like most Republicans, Perry tied his opponent to Pelosi and attacked Scott on universal healthcare and not supporting Trump’s border wall. Scott attacked Perry as part of the problem in D.C., while he touted bipartisanship and covering pre-existing conditions.
Various public polls in recent weeks showed the race tightening. FiveThirtyEight had this as the second closest Congressional race in Pennsylvania entering today, while the Cook Political Report moved the race to a Toss Up on Monday.
The race got heated between the candidates in recent days after a nearly 3 decade old picture of Scott from his days in the U.S. Army surfaced. This image was used in Perry’s last closing ad asking if voters “really know George Scott.” The Scott campaign thought the picture was a doctored image that was out of bounds.