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PoliticsPA Playbook: November 10

The hottest races in PA are taking place today in Harrisburg, where 1 of 4 caucuses are electing leadership. 

However, the count continues for other races across the commonwealth. As of Tuesday morning, the race for President, Attorney General, Auditor General, and every congressional race have been called in the Keystone State. However, we still are waiting for a call in the Treasurer race, plus several state legislature races. 

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

Here’s an update of where we stand as of Tuesday 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 Tuesday morning, Biden leads Trump by 45,103 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 Tuesday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 273,362 votes (4.11%). For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor on Friday morning. As of Tuesday morning, DeFoor leads by 232,965 votes (3.53%). For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity leads Treasurer Joe Torsealla by 78,657 votes (1.19%). 

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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday morning, Wild leads by 13,528 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 Tuesday morning, Cartwright leads by 11,873 votes (or by 3.6 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 Tuesday morning, Perry leads by just under 7 points (25,984 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday morning, Lamb leads by just over 2 points (9,103 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-45: GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli has a narrow lead over state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny). As of Tuesday morning, Ziccarelli leads by 526 votes, according to DOS.

State House

HD-18: Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) holds a few point advantage over Democratic challenger Harold Hayes. As of Tuesday 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 just under 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-55: GOP challenger Jason Silvis holds a lead over Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland). As of Tuesday 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-151: Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has defeated Democratic challenger Jonathan Kassa, according to As of Tuesday morning, Stephens leads by just over 6 points, according to DOS. 

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

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump campaign sues to block Pennsylvania election result 
AP: AP Explains: Trump’s baseless tweets about vote in 4 states 
AP: Trump faces long odds in challenging state vote counts 
AP: Health secretary: Pennsylvania at critical point in pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: MAPS: The counties that pushed Biden to the presidency in Pa. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump campaign sues to block certification of Pa. election results, report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Red states file brief in support of Pa. GOP efforts to block late-arriving ballots from count 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID cases rise across Pa. as potential vaccines shows promise 
Patriot News: As counting grinds on, how solid is President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory in Pennsylvania?
Patriot News: Trump campaign asks rural Pa. federal judge to block certification of election results
Patriot News: As COVID-19 cases rise, Pa. doesn’t plan statewide school closure but is advising some to go remote
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal on Trump claim over access for vote count observers in Philly
Inquirer: Do Trump’s legal challenges have any hope of changing Pa.’s election results? A look at the suits he hopes can do it.
Inquirer: Trump campaign moves to bar Pennsylvania from certifying election results in new lawsuit 
Post-Gazette: Pa. lawmakers back Trump’s refusal to concede, seek lawyers’ help to challenge results
WITF: Even With Election Called For Joe Biden, Pennsylvania’s Presidential Vote Count Goes On 
KDKA: Pa. Legislature To Follow Tradition Of Awarding Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner 
PLSReporter: DePasquale congratulates DeFoor on victory, promises smooth transition 
PLSReporter: Levine says state is at ‘critical point’ as COVID-19 cases rise
KYW Newsradio: Why US Supreme Court may not take on Republicans’ mail-in ballot case in Pa.
National Journal: GOP Holds Legislative Control in IA, MI, PA
WHYY Newsworks: Here’s what GOP in Pa. are saying about Biden’s victory and Trump’s refusal to concede
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Over 4,000 new coronavirus cases in the state
New York Times: An Early Test for Biden: Managing a Divided Democratic Party  
The Hill: Trump campaign files new election lawsuit in Pennsylvania
The Hill: Six people whose election wins made history

Philly Clout: Pennsylvania Democrats may have saved Biden by knocking the Green Party candidate off the ballot
Inquirer: Philly elections officials are getting death threats as Trump targets the city 
Inquirer: Trump campaign moves to bar Pennsylvania from certifying election results in new lawsuit 
Inquirer: Lawyer says man in Hummer with QAnon stickers outside Philly vote count never threatened or intended violence 
Inquirer: Philadelphia continues its ‘fragile’ economic recovery with jobs, foot traffic, and home sales gaining strength 
Inquirer: Biden’s COVID-19 task force includes physicians from Philly and Princeton with long public health resumés
WHYY Newsworks: Standoff brews between Philly school district and teachers over return to classrooms 
WHYY Newsworks: Judge: Activist Anthony Smith to be freed pending trial
KYW Newsradio: Trump campaign sues to block Pa. from certifying election results
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania COVID-19 numbers, hospitalizations continue to rise
Philly Voice: Philly election officials received death threats over ballot counting, city commissioner says
Billy Penn: Expecting ‘danger’ and ‘drama’ in Philly, international reporters find a street party instead 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Penn physician named to President-elect Biden’s Covid-19 advisory panel

Delco Daily Times: Chester closes City Hall after COVID-19 outbreak 
Bucks County Courier Times: COVID-19 cases rising in Bucks, Montgomery counties
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County in ‘substantial’ level of coronavirus transmission
Daily Local News: Houlahan joins All-Star lineup to mentor local girls in STEM 

KDKA: Allegheny Co. Board Of Elections To Hold Special Meeting As Ballots Continue To Be Reviewed, Counted 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Budget Proposal Includes No Tax Increases, Needs Aid From Washington To Avoid Job Cuts 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 530 Coronavirus Cases Over 48 Hours, Bringing Countywide Total To 17,656
Post-Gazette: Trump lawsuit seeks to block certification of votes in Allegheny, Philadelphia counties 
Post-Gazette: Peduto angles to avoid layoffs in Pittsburgh budget proposal 
Post-Gazette: Pa. lawmakers back Trump’s refusal to concede, seek lawyers’ help to challenge results
Tribune Review: Peduto: Without federal aid, Pittsburgh will cut over 630 jobs
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: Trump’s Political Rhetoric About Elections Can Be Dangerous, Says Pitt Professor 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor Peduto warns of potential for more than 600 layoffs next year if there’s no federal support for cities 

Beaver County Times: Lamb wins re-election; Parnell refuses to concede 
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County sees drastic COVID spike
Tribune Review: Westmoreland debates how to count mail-in ballots that arrived minutes late on Election Day
Altoona Mirror: Blair eyes surge in COVID-19 cases
Observer-Reporter: Washington County budget hearings start today; no tax increase anticipated
Observer-Reporter: COVID cases drop, but still high in Pa.

Citizens Voice: Provisional ballots push Luzerne County vote total over 150,000
Citizens Voice: 81 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne county
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board accepts nearly 1,500 more ballots 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Republicans to contest provisional ballot decision
The Times Leader: COVID-19 relief on minds of Wilkes-Barre mayor and city council 
The Times Leader: 81 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county; 6,311 over 2 days statewide 
Times-Tribune: Trump supporters demonstrate in Scranton to “count every legal vote”
Times-Tribune: Cognetti announces increased funding for police training, addresses public posting of confidential police investigation
Times-Tribune: Proposed Scranton School District budget includes 3.9% tax increase
Times-Tribune: Local region nearing two-week mark of 100+ daily COVID-19 cases

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Is Joe Biden the president-elect? In Lancaster’s most conservative areas, it depends who you ask. 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. vote count Q&A: Why did it take elections workers so long to count mail-in ballots? 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County records 90 new coronavirus cases Monday; 70 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalized
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle awards grants to 46 businesses through CARES Act funds 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 60 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Monday as rates for county hit new highs
York Dispatch: York County COVID-19 cases at all-time high; officials warn of fall resurgence 

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Councilman announces run for Allentown mayor 
WFMZ: Reading City Council confirms mayor’s pick for managing director 
WFMZ: Pottstown Borough to advertise $49 million municipal budget 
Morning Call: Northampton County Republicans drop appeal over mail-in ballots
Morning Call: ‘Every vote is sacred,’ faith leaders chant outside Lehigh County Government Center
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Two-day count is 6,311 cases, as Northampton County joins Lehigh County in ‘substantial’ transmission category
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 6,311 new cases over two days; Saturday smashes case record; Lehigh Valley reports 345 new cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (11/09/20) 
Reading Eagle: Berks County gets to work counting about 5,500 provisional ballots 
Reading Eagle: Reading confirms new managing director 
Reading Eagle: Man who was targeted in fake Craigslist post about fraudulent ballots in Berks County speaks out 
Reading Eagle: Northern Berks Regional Police Department to disband 
Reading Eagle: As coronavirus cases remain high across Pennsylvania, more than half of the counties, including Berks, have ‘substantial’ risk of community spread

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County to finish counting remaining votes Tuesday 
Erie Times-News: Overdue parking fines part of Erie budget talks 
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports 79 new cases of COVID-19 
Centre Daily Times: Nov. 9 update: Centre County adds 74 COVID-19 cases over 2-day period; Pa. has 6,000-plus
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 35 new COVID-19 cases

Charlie Dent: What Donald Trump just doesn’t get about Pennsylvania
Salena Zito: Voters stood up to the culture and declared their center-right values
Charlie Gerow: Whoever wins the presidency, the pollsters still got it wrong
Nicolas O’Rourke: For progressives who helped elect him, Biden’s victory is a doorway, not a destination  
Joe Ashdale: How a Philly union program can make Biden’s vow to ‘build back better’ a reality
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A bipartisan energy proposal for carbon capture and Pennsylvania jobs 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Help for an ailing industry 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Justice for all, including those with ASD 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: City’s clean water efforts still stink 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The ongoing Swedish experiment 
David M. Shribman: Questions remain as election provides few clear answers
Tony Norman: A moment of joy in the midst of a pandemic
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Kamala wins the vote
Ray E. Landis: Here’s what Biden’s win, elections mean for Pa. seniors

8 Responses

  1. All in all, a pretty good election for PA Republicans. Picking up two out of three row offices for the first time since the 90s, picking *up* seats in the legislature, holding on to PA01 and PA10 in Congress. Parnell barely missed Lamb in PA17. Depending on how that seat changes in redistricting, he could take another run at it in two years. PA08 was a disappointment, but Bognet sucked as a candidate.

    2022 is looking promising for the GOP in this state.

    1. Agreed! I was a little worried that PA was turning blue, but it seems like we are turning back to red.

  2. Are the House Republicans going to put serial philanderer and child abuser Aaron Bernstine in Leadership?

  3. It looks like Dems will lose State Treasurer and have lost Auditor General. It says a lot about Atty Gen Shapiro to survive this unanticipated surge in red. While Pa put Biden over the top it has had several parts of the state become red with the state politically looking like Alabama but having strong pockets of blue here and there. Meaning a Dem Progressive has a snow ball in Helsinki’s chance of winning Gov in the 2022 General for Dems.

    1. That’s what you said about Biden. Dems got the big prize and Shapiro will be the odds on favorite to be the next governor. Maybe the old hag, Heather, can try again.

  4. Trump cannot accept that PA voters, and most of USA, rejected his stupid, lying, cheating, disgusting, dumb ass.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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