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PoliticsPA Playbook: Biden Wins PA

“As Pennsylvania goes, so goes the nation.” 

On Saturday morning, the AP called Pennsylvania and the whole race for former VP Joe Biden. Meanwhile the GOP has successfully flipped the Auditor General’s office and holds a lead in the Treasurer’s race. Every incumbent member of Congress has secured another term. And several races for closely watched races in the state legislature *haven’t* been called yet. 

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

Here’s an update of where we stand as of Monday 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 Monday morning, Biden leads Trump by 45,673 votes (0.67%) 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 Monday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 270,921 votes (4.07%). For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor on Friday morning. As of Monday morning, DeFoor leads by 235,019 votes (3.56%). For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity leads Treasurer Joe Torsealla by 80,845 votes (1.23%). 

Congressional Races 

All incumbents have secured another term in Congress. 

PA1: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) has defeated Democratic challenger Christina Finello. The AP called the race for Fitzpatrick on Wednesday afternoon. As of Monday morning, Fitzpatrick leads by 13 points with 96% of estimated votes reported. 

PA6: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) has defeated GOP challenger John Emmons. The AP called the race for Houlahan on Wednesday afternoon. As of Monday morning, Houlahan leads by just under 12 points with 96% of estimated votes reported. 

PA7: Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) has defeated GOP challenger Lisa Scheller. The AP called the race for Wild on Friday afternoon. As of Monday morning, Wild leads by 13,332 votes (or by 3.6 points) with 96% of estimated votes reported.

PA8: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) has defeated GOP challenger Jim Bognet. The AP called the race for Cartwright on Friday afternoon. As of Monday morning, Cartwright leads by 11,686 votes (or by 3.4 points) with 93% of estimated votes reported.

PA10: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) has defeated Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale. The AP called the race for Perry on Thursday evening. As of Monday morning, Perry leads by just under 7 points (26,002 votes) with 95% of estimated votes reported. 

PA16: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) has defeated Democratic challenger Kristy Gnibus. The AP called the race for Kelly on Wednesday morning. As of Monday morning, Kelly leads by just under 19 points with 93% of estimated votes reported. 

PA17: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) has defeated GOP challenger Sean Parnell. The AP called the race for Lamb on Saturday morning. As of Monday morning, Lamb leads by just over 2 points (8,991 votes) and his lead looks to expand as more mail ballots are counted. 

State Senate and House

So far Republicans have flipped two state House seats, (HD-143) and (HD-123), although they also are aiming to unseat House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) and 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-9: Democrat John Kane has defeated state Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) for the seat in the Philadelphia suburbs. As of Monday morning, Kane leads by 4 points. 

SD-11: Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) has defeated  GOP challenger Annette Baker. As of Monday morning, Schwank leads by 18 points (59%-to-41%), according to the New York Times. 

SD-13: Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) defeated Democratic challenger Janet Diaz for the seat in Lancaster County. As of Monday morning, Martin leads by 12 points. 

SD-15: Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) has defeated Democratic challenger George Scott. As of Monday morning, DiSanto leads by  4 points, according to the New York Times.

SD-19: Democrat Carolyn Comitta has defeated Republican Kevin Runey for the seat in the Philadelphia suburbs. As of Monday morning, Comitta leads by 15 points, according to the New York Times. 

SD-31: Sen. Mike Regan (R-York) has defeated Democratic challenger Shanna Danielson. As of Monday morning, Regan leads by 21 points, according to the New York Times. 

SD-37: Republican Devlin Robinson defeated state Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny) for the seat in western PA. As of Monday morning, Robinson leads by 4 points. 

SD-45: GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli has a narrow lead over state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny). As of Monday morning, Ziccarelli leads by 410 votes, according to DOS.

SD-49: Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) defeated Democratic challenger Julie Slomski. As of Monday morning, Laughlin leads by 20 points. 

State House

HD-3: State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) has defeated GOP challenger Greg Hayes. As of Monday morning, by just under 23 points, according to DOS.

HD-16: State Rep. Rob Matzie (D-Beaver) has defeated GOP challenger Rico Elmore. As of Monday morning, Matzie leads by 12 points, according to DOS

HD-18: Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) holds a few point advantage over Democratic challenger Harold Hayes. As of Monday morning, Tomlinson leads by 5 points, according to DOS. Tomlinson has declared victory in the race. 

HD-26: Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester) leads Democratic challenger Paul Friel by 7 points, according to DOS. The Unionville Times reports that Hennessey has won the race. 

HD-33: Republican Carrie DelRosso leads House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) by 3 points, according to DOS

HD-50: State Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) leads GOP challenger Larry Yost by 6.5 points, according to DOS. Snyder has declared victory in the race. 

HD-53: Rep. Steven Malagari (D-Montgomery) has defeated GOP challenger Miles Arnott, according to the New York Times. As of Monday morning, Malagari leads by 9 points, according to DOS.  

HD-55: GOP challenger Jason Silvis holds a lead over Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland). As of Monday morning, Silvis leads by just under 5 points, according to DOS. 

HD-105: Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) leads Democratic challenger Brittney Rodas by just over 3.5 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-123: Republican Tim Twardzik defeated Democrat Peter Symons Jr. This seat, held by state Rep. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), is a flip for Republicans. As of Monday morning, Twardzik leads Symons by 25 points, according to DOS. 

HD-151: Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has defeated Democratic challenger Jonathan Kassa, according to As of Monday morning, Stephens leads by just over 6 points, according to DOS. 

HD-165: Rep. Jen O’Mara (D-Delaware) has defeated Republican challenger Robert Smythe Jr. As of Monday morning, O’Mara leads by 3 points, according to DOS. 

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


2020 General Election Ups and Downs: Down ballot Dems come up short, history is made in the Auditor General’s race, plus congressional incumbents survive. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
60 Minutes: “It is not cheating, it is democracy”: A first-hand look at ballot counting in Pennsylvania
AP: Native son Joe Biden takes Pennsylvania and the presidency
Inquirer: How Joe Biden won Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Biden won back 2 of the 3 Obama-Trump counties in Pennsylvania. Barely.
Inquirer: Trump voters in Pennsylvania face distress and disbelief: ‘I don’t ever remember feeling so devastated’
Inquirer: Joe Biden’s hometown celebrates: ‘We’ve got a president from Scranton, Pennsylvania!’
Inquirer: Suburban voters in Pennsylvania rejected Trump — but not the Republican Party
Inquirer: How Joe Biden won Pa. | Morning Newsletter
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers must return to Capitol this month to finish state budget in rare post-election session 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lycoming Co. lawmaker challenging Corman for top job in Pa. Senate
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s payback: A Biden victory
Post-Gazette: How Pa. put Biden over the top: State’s switch to more secure paper ballots after 2018 widened mail-in option
Politico: How Pennsylvania was won 
Politico: Biden beats Trump in must-win Pennsylvania to clinch 2020 victory
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: VOTE COUNT 2020: Continuous coverage from the Pennsylvania Capital-Star 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. politicians reacted to Joe Biden becoming president-elect 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Building back the Blue Wall: How Joe Biden won Pennsylvania | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: There’s still no winner for state treasurer? What gives? | Monday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. sees a new record high in COVID cases Saturday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania delivers presidency to Biden. Here’s how it happened 
WITF: Organizations Hold Demonstrations Across The State To Show Support For Complete Vote Count
KYW Newsradio: Toomey says voter fraud should be investigated, but recount might not make difference
PLSReporter: 2020 General Election Live Blog 
PLSReporter: Pa. House Speaker Cutler requests audit of 2020 election process
Tribune Review: Biden built back Pennsylvania’s own ‘blue wall’ — one brick at a time
WHYY Newsworks: How energy and environment will change under Biden
Fox News: PA Republican congressmen call for AG to recuse from election issues, slam ‘conflicts and irregularities’
Fox News: Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker claims Democratic officials worked to ‘tip the scales’ to Biden
StateImpactPA: What some Pennsylvania voters had to say about the environment
National Journal: Pennsylvania delivers Biden the White House
Huffington Post: Pennsylvania AG’s Son Hilariously Photobombs Dad’s Live TV Interview 
The Hill: Hundreds of Trump supporters protest election results in Pennsylvania
The Hill: Republican Philadelphia official responsible for vote counting says office getting death threats
The Hill: Toomey: Biden projection ‘is probably correct, but there’s a reason that we do the count’
The Hill: Former Pennsylvania governor praises president-elect: ‘Joe Biden is a good man’
Real Clear Politics: A Pro Bono Lawyer for Trump Campaign Shares What He Saw in Pennsylvania 
The New Yorker: Pennsylvania’s Blue Shift

Inquirer: No, not that Four Seasons. How Team Trump’s news conference ended up at a Northeast Philly landscaping firm.
Inquirer: Philly put Biden over the top, but Trump did better in the city than four years ago
Inquirer: Philadelphia was told to brace for mass unrest. Instead, the city danced. That was no accident.
Inquirer: ‘Look at us now’: Philly women, and especially Black women, celebrate Kamala Harris’ election to America’s second-highest office
Billy Penn: Philly turnout beats 2016, unlikely to match Obama levels
Billy Penn: Philly erupts in massive party as Biden wins PA and presidency, while Harris makes history 
Billy Penn: Best Yelp reviews of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, which is selling t-shirts 
Billy Penn: How mental health pros intervene on a 911 call — what didn’t happen for Walter Wallace Jr.
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Black Voters Matter’: Motorcade celebrates Biden-Harris win in Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: Biden turns to COVID response, names Penn doctor to advisory board
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia voters, canvassers and leaders react to projected Biden win
KYW Newsradio: Biden reveals coronavirus task force that includes a Penn doctor
KYW Newsradio: ‘Mothers of the Movement’ come to Philly to support parents of Walter Wallace Jr.
Philadelphia Magazine: The Most “Philly” Photos and Videos from the Philly Victory Party 
Philly Voice: Philly residents vote ‘yes’ on four ballot questions

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks voters help send Biden to White House 
Delco Daily Times: Marchers remember victims of gun violence in Chester 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Council considers COVID funding and expenses
Daily Local News: Despite questions, mail-in balloting ‘a success’ in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Local reaction to 2020 presidential election offers notes of concern, hope as American history continues to unfold this November 

WESA: Crowds Fill Pittsburgh Streets After Biden Wins Presidency
WESA: ‘Stop the Steal’ Protesters & Counter-Protesters Shout Over A Police Line Downtown
Tribune Review: Red wave threatening 3 Western Pennsylvania state lawmakers 
Tribune Review: Celebrations erupt in Pittsburgh streets after Biden win 
Tribune Review: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb retains 17th House District seat  
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania officials react to Biden-Harris win 
Tribune Review: Iovino concedes to Robinson in race for 37th District state Senate seat  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports highest single-day total of coronavirus cases since July
KDKA: Voter Turnout In Allegheny County Played Pivotal Role In Joe Biden Being Elected 46th President
KDKA: Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb Wins Reelection 
KDKA: Biden Supporters In Pittsburgh Gather For Celebrations In Regent Square, South Side 
KDKA: What Pittsburghers Want And Expect President Trump To Do Following 2020 Election Results 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 288 New Coronavirus Cases Amid Latest Surge 
Post-Gazette: ‘It’s about radical love’: Pittsburgh rally draws hundreds in South Side amid Joe Biden victory 
Post-Gazette: Hoping to overcome: Amid rancorous election, Western Pa. voters share political anxieties, wishes 
Post-Gazette: Conor Lamb wins another two years in Congress, as AP calls 17th District race 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania sets another one-day record high for new COVID-19 cases
City Paper: Rep. Conor Lamb wins re-election, the Associated Press declares
City Paper: PHOTOS: Allegheny County helps clinch end to Trump presidency; Pittsburghers take to the streets to celebrate Biden-Harris win
City Paper: Losing Pittsburgh candidate holds baseless “Stop the Steal” protest; fight with counter-protesters ensues
City Paper: Ballot measure expanding powers of Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board passes

Beaver County Times: Beaver County activists celebrate Biden/Harris win 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County continues count to election results 
Beaver County Times: ‘Count every vote!’: Rally demands democracy 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County sees record voter turn-out as workers count nearly 30,000 mail-in ballots 
Observer-Reporter: Vote canvassing delayed in Washington, Greene due to last-minute ballots
Observer-Reporter: U.S. Marine Corps veteran takes on challenges in state Senate District 37 
Observer-Reporter: Rep. Snyder declares victory in 50th District race 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County still went heavily for Trump — just not as much as 2016 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County posts 76 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | Local Biden supporters celebrate apparent victory; Trump backers concerned about economy, voting
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria’s COVID-19 total grows by 120 cases over weekend
Altoona Mirror: Leaders, officials react to results
Altoona Mirror: Blair posts 78% turnout

Citizens Voice: Count of thousands of provisional ballots starts Monday 
Citizens Voice: Made in Pa.: Joe Biden taking Scranton roots to the White House 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Republicans react to Biden win 
Citizens Voice: Scranton residents react to Biden’s victory 
Citizens Voice: Dem Cartwright wins re-election in 8th District 
Citizens Voice: Area Dems moved by election of Biden and Harris 
Citizens Voice: 80 more COVID-19 cases, one death reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
Times-Tribune: From Scranton to the White House, Joe Biden’s dream comes true 
Times-Tribune: In winning Lackawanna County, Biden does better than Trump and Clinton 
Times-Tribune: Locals react to Biden’s victory, praising president-elect’s Scranton values 
Times-Tribune: Local region nearing two-week mark of 100+ daily COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Cartwright wins race to retain seat
The Times Leader: Bozinski: Everyday, working people elected Biden-Harris 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Republican Party head suggests a “re-vote”
The Times Leader: Hundreds of Trump supporters protest at Election Bureau office
The Times Leader: Public Square rally turns into Biden victory celebration 
The Times Leader: Hazleton ZIP code 18201 has highest number of new COVID-19 cases this week 
The Times Leader: 80 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 3 new deaths

South Central 
Patriot News: Protests over election vote count continue in Harrisburg on a smaller scale 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker calls on Trump to accept election results once certified, top state officials to recuse themselves from investigations 
LNP | LancasterOnline: People gather, dance in Lancaster city to celebrate Joe Biden’s projected win over President Donald Trump 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Despite Biden gaining more votes than Clinton did in 2016 in Lancaster County, local Dems couldn’t capitalize on Democrat momentum 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Local state representatives react to Joe Biden becoming the 46th President of the United States 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Joe Biden’s quirky ties to Lancaster County include shuttling cars from Manheim auto auction 
York Dispatch: Saturday update: York County sees 146 new COVID cases
Carlisle Sentinel: Vote counts for Legislative seats in Cumberland County 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 62 new COVID cases reported Saturday in Cumberland County; Pa. hits new single-day high above 4,000

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: PA-7 congressional race: Democrat Susan Wild defeats Lisa Scheller in bid for second term
Morning Call: Allentown joins the Biden party with dancing in the streets
Morning Call: ‘How about some budget cuts?’ Reaction to Bethlehem’s proposed tax increase
Reading Eagle: Donald Trump won Berks County, but Joe Biden made gains among voters here [MAPS]
Reading Eagle: Berks party leaders, lawmakers react to Biden winning presidency
Reading Eagle: Berks County political figures and experts discuss bridging the divide in a politically charged world
Reading Eagle: Berks County has better showing in the weekly coronavirus report, diverging from Pennsylvania overall 
WFMZ: Biden supporters celebrate victory in Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: ‘Count Every Vote’ rally being held in Allentown
Express Times: Allentown voters pack downtown to celebrate hard work paid off in monumental Biden-Harris victory
Express Times: Lehigh Valley voters’ reactions to Biden election win range from jubilation to disbelief

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump supporters hold protest, rally in Erie 
Erie Times-News: Biden overtakes Trump in Erie County 
Erie Times-News: County to resume count Monday after delay 
Erie Times-News: State reports 49 new cases of COVID-19 in Erie County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County voters back GOP
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Judge rules in favor of plaintiffs in provisional ballots debacle
Centre Daily Times: No voter fraud in Pa. election but concerns about ballots, process persist, Corman says
Centre Daily Times: Nov. 7 update: Pa. sets another 1-day COVID-19 case record; Centre County adds 105 cases

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Pa. steps up under pressure 
Inquirer Editorial Board: N.J. legalized weed. Now it’s Pa.’s turn.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Biden-Harris victory a sigh of relief of historic proportion. Now the hard work begins. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage must stand 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Urban farming 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Medical pot shouldn’t be a barrier to employment 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: WHO’s ambitious plan 
Geoff Brace and Dave Harrington: Why we need to reform the criminal justice system
Keith C. Burris: Maybe we’re just not into woke
Maria Panaritis: Guess who helped Biden get that Pa. win: Suburban stepchildren named Delco and Montco 
Chris Kelly: Mr. President, you’re fired.
Will Bunch: In the city where it all began, the American Experiment gets a gleeful do-over 
Tony Norman: To save democracy, kill the Electoral College and switch to the popular vote
Gene Therapy: COVID-19 still here; how did THAT happen?
Henderson Kris: Funding police is not the answer to the crisis that killed Walter Wallace Jr.
Kelly Croce Sorg: White people can’t give in to Black Lives Matter fatigue. We must keep fighting. 
Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: Abolition is the answer after Walter Wallace Jr.’s death, another stolen Black life 
Helen Ubiñas: In politics and the presidential election, late courage is no better than none 
John L. Micek: A return to decency with Biden’s win? Not yet. But we’re on the way 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Pennsylvania no matter who won
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia rooms where it happened

6 Responses

  1. Great to see Biden and Atty Gen Shapiro win but stunning to see the losses of a Dem State Senator and some Dem State house seats. Biden won big in Philly and Westmoreland County but parts of Pa are becoming like Alabama ie “very red” and it was not always that way. No way any progressive wins statewide in a general election.

    1. Yes we will not forget they had no corruption and the Dems had all the corruption.

  2. The nation is rejoicing, while Trump stews in his evil juices. He deserves every fate that is coming to him.

    1. I stayed up all night crying in celebration, only to see the voter fraud run rampant through the country. Especially Pennsylvania.

      I will never forget how the Demorats took down the greatest leader the world has seen. Ever.

      I will devote every moment to worshipping my trump flag and watching The Apprentice reruns until Don Jr. Runs in 2024.

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