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PoliticsPA: Primary Results Playbook

Both sets of endorsed Superior Court candidates secured their respective party’s nomination, while state Rep. Fred Keller coasts in his race in PA12. Here is the Playbook.

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Endorsed Superior Court Candidates Secure Nominations: Shortly after midnight, both parties sent out statements congratulating both sets of candidates they endorsed in the primary.

GOP Keeps All 3 State Leg Seats: The GOP adds back to their majority in the state House and Senate.

Keller Cruises In PA12 Special Election: The GOP state representative coasted to a victory in the GOP friendly 12th District.

Progressives Oust Incumbents in Allegheny County: Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris and two members of County Council lost to challengers from their left.

Kenney Bests Butkovitz, Williams In Philly Dem Mayoral Primary: The incumbent Philadelphia Mayor fought off two challengers to win the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia Mayor.

Endorsed Superior Court Candidates Secure Nominations: Amanda Green-Hawkins and Dan McCaffery will represent the Democratic Party in the November election, while Megan King and Christylee Peck are set to lead the GOP in the upcoming election.

State House & Senate
SD33: Mastriano Wins Over Hammond: The retired Army colonel comfortably won over Democrat Sarah Hammond in the conservative district in south-central PA.

SD41: Pittman Beats Boser: The longtime chief of staff to former state Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) will succeed his boss after coasting over Democrat Susan Boser.

HD11: Mustello Bests Doctor: The staffer for Rep. Mike Kelly and previous one time hopeful for this seat won over Democrat Sam Doctor, who also made a previous bid for this district.  

Keller Cruises In PA12 Special Election: The GOP state representative coasted to a victory in the GOP friendly 12th District over Marc Friedenberg.

Regional Races
Kenney Bests Butkovitz, Williams In Philly Dem Mayoral Primary: The incumbent Philadelphia Mayor fought off two challengers to win the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia Mayor.

Wilson Wins Over Harris in Pittsburgh City Council Primary: Bobby Wilson will be the Democratic nominee in the first district after pulling an upset victory over 12 year incumbent Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris.

Hallam Takes Down DeFazio in Allegheny County Council: Bethany Hallam defeated longtime incumbent councilman at-large John DeFazio in the Democratic primary by close to 10 points. DeFazio was a member of the Council since its formation in 2000.

O’Connell Coasts to Win Allentown Dem Mayoral Primary: Interim Mayor Ray O’Connell won the four candidate race for the Democratic Party nomination after receiving 53% of the vote. O’Connell has served as interim Mayor since former Mayor Ed Pawlowski went to prison.

Harrisburg School Board Incumbents Lose: There will be five new names on the ballot this November after Steven Williams, Jayne Buchwach, Gerald Welch, James Thompson and Doug Thompson-Leader bested four incumbents. These five candidates were selected in the Democratic primary, while there were no GOP nominees on a primary election ballot that had 12 names, with voters being asked to choose five.

Moran Wins Crowded Reading Dem Mayoral Primary: Eddie Moran was the victor in the crowded Democratic primary field for Reading Mayor, preventing Mayor Wally Scott from serving another term. Scott finished third in this race.

Zappala Fends off Challenge from Jenkins in Allegheny County DA Race: Although a number of progressives staged successful primary challenges in the county, the 20 year incumbent took down former public defender Turahn Jenkins by double digits.

Bilal Bests Embattled Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams: Former Philly police officer and president of the Guardian Civic League, Rochelle Bilal took down Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, who has three sexual harassment lawsuits, in the Democratic primary. Bilal will be the favorite in the election to become the first woman elected sheriff in Philly.

Brown Coasts over Mayor George in Wilkes-Barre Primary: George Brown cruised to a landslide victory over incumbent Mayor Tony George by winning all 20 wards in the Democratic primary for Mayor of Wilkes-Barre.  

Gauthier Ends Blackwell Reign in West Philly City Council District: For the first time since 1975, a Blackwell will not represent a City Council district in West Philadelphia after Jamie Gauthier upset Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Jannie and her late husband, held the seat for the past 45 years.

Bennett Beats Russell in Allegheny County Council Race: Liv Bennett defeated incumbent Denise Ranalli Russell by 17 points in the Democratic primary for the 13th District.

Berks County Commissioners Go Down: GOP Commissioner Mark C. Scott and Democratic Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt will not be on the ballot in the November election after being defeated in their respective primaries by City Councilwoman Donna Reed, West Reading political activist Michael Morrill, Tilden Township incumbent Christian Y. Leinbach and Bern Township real estate agent Michael Rivera.

Quinones-Sanchez Wins Again Without Party Support in Philly City Council’s 7th District: Maria Quinones-Sanchez will be the Democratic nominee once again after taking down party backed challenger state Rep. Angel Cruz.  

Houck Wins Dem Primary for Northampton County DA: The first deputy in the DA’s office under John Morganelli will be the party’s nominee in the upcoming election.

Wheeler and Smith Best Incumbent Reilly in York County GOP Commissioner Primary: Julie Wheeler and Ron Smith will be the two GOP nominees for commissioner after taking down five term incumbent County Commissioner Chris Reilly.

Held Fights Off GOP Primary Challengers in Westmoreland Sheriff Race: The incumbent sheriff will be his party’s nominee again after fending off three challengers. Held is still defending himself against pending criminal charges of public corruption.

Rennie Bests Leone in Erie 3rd District County Council Dem Primary: Mary Rennie takes down longtime Councilman Fiore Leone in the Democratic primary. Leone was the 10-term incumbent for the district.

Gordon Takes Down Donatucci for Philly Register of Wills: Former Deputy City Commissioner Tracey Gordon bested 10 term incumbent Register of Wills Ron Donatucci in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: A roundup of some key races in Pennsylvania’s primary
AP: Republicans retain 3 legislative seats in special elections
AP: Republican state lawmaker Fred Keller wins U.S. House election in Pennsylvania, replacing GOP congressman who resigned
AP: GOP’s Keller wins Pennsylvania’s special US House election
AP: Labor lawyer, prosecutor win spots on fall court ballot
AP: Governor hikes shuttered trail to pitch $4.5B projects plan
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican Fred Keller wins special election to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican Marci Mustello wins Butler County state House special election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republicans cruise to victory in two state Senate special elections  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Abortion rights allies rally in Harrisburg, across the country in reaction to restrictive laws
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon calls for Trump impeachment inquiry
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘These are key elections’: State officials pledge safe and secure voting on Pennsylvania primary day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lt. Gov. Fetterman on his 67-county cannabis tour: ‘A significant majority’ of Pennsylvanians support legalization
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. state senator introduces another bill to ban abortion based on Down syndrome diagnosis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With budget season in full swing: Five things to know about the state of Pa.’s finances
PLSReporter: Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg
PLSReporter: Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Rep. Rabb touts education fair funding at local school
PLSReporter: Delozier’s proposed legislation would allow minors to perform music where alcohol is served
StateImpactPA: Federal pipeline safety regulators issue warning on floods and subsidence
Inquirer: It’s not (quite) an emergency, but Pa. has new election-day digs at state command center  
Daily Local News: Senate passes Toomey bill to lower taxes on Gold Star families
City Paper: Pennsylvania graduates have the most student debt … again
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon, Madeleine Dean call for impeachment inquiry

Inquirer: Blackwell political dynasty falls in West Philly, but incumbents dominate other City Council district races
Inquirer: Jim Kenney wins Democratic primary for mayor
Inquirer: Rochelle Bilal wins primary election for Philadelphia sheriff in upset of Jewell Williams
Inquirer: Philly primary election showed the power and limitations of incumbency in city’s politics
Inquirer: Tracey Gordon wins register of wills race, ousting 40-year incumbent Ron Donatucci
Inquirer: Philadelphia at-large City Council primary election results: Party-backed millennials come out on top
Inquirer: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez claims victory in District 7 City Council primary election
Inquirer: Lisa Deeley and Omar Sabir win Democratic nomination for Philadelphia City Commissioner   
Inquirer: Jamie Gauthier ousts Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell in City Council 3rd District
Inquirer: Philadelphia primary election results 2019  
Inquirer: In a changing district, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson easily wins Democratic nomination
Inquirer: Voters approve amendments to City Charter
Inquirer: Philly’s Dan McCaffery, Chesco’s Megan King in contention for Pa. Superior Court primaries
Inquirer: Philadelphia primary election 2019: What do you want to know?
Inquirer: The most crowded field in 40 years for Philadelphia primary, but did voters crowd the polls?
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s Primary Day in Philadelphia: Here’s What You Need to Know  
Philadelphia Magazine: SEPTA Has a Full Budget Again — at Least for Now
WHYY Newsworks: 2019 Pennsylvania primary election results
Billy Penn: Election fraud central? Half of complaints hail from Philly’s 7th District, DA says  
Billy Penn: District Council primary: West Philly stunner, Kensington nailbiter, South Philly slam  
Philly Voice: Philly sheriff candidate turned away from traditional Election Day lunch gathering
KYW Newsradio: Center City rally calls for end on abortion bans recently passed in 8 states
KYW Newsradio: Voting machine break downs, shady dealings on Election Day
KYW Newsradio: 2019 primary election results

Daily Local News: Maxwell, Moskowitz lead in Chesco commish race
Daily Local News: Chester County voters go to the polls for Primary Election
Inquirer: Primary results in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Delaware Counties bring new faces and familiar names
Inquirer: Reps. Mary Gay Scanlon, Madeleine Dean of Pa. call for Trump impeachment inquiry
Bucks County Courier Times: Incumbent Dems secure Montgomery Commissioner nominations, GOP too close to call
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf visits Horsham, stumps with Stephens for PFAS funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Endorsed candidates secure nominations for Bucks judge seats
Bucks County Courier Times: Democratic incumbents win in Bristol Township, Falls
Bucks County Courier Times: Kronnagel, Augustin face off again for judge seat in November
Bucks County Courier Times: School board races whittle down candidates
Montgomery Media: North Penn Democrat, Republican teams advance; voters sound off about new paper ballot system
Delco Daily Times: Primary Election Live: Use #delcoelect to talk about today’s election  
Delco Daily Times: Fair Districts PA uses primary to call for gerrymandering reform  
Delco Daily Times: elections
Pottstown Mercury: Incumbents take a beating in primary results

Post-Gazette: John DeFazio, on county council since 2000, pinned to the mat by newcomer Bethany Hallam
Post-Gazette: Bobby Wilson beats Darlene Harris in Pittsburgh City Council primary upset  
Post-Gazette: Zappala retains seat as district attorney
Post-Gazette: Activist Harbin edges another newcomer to win race for seat on Pittsburgh school board
Post-Gazette: Peters Township school board member censured over racist Facebook posts loses primary
Post-Gazette: Mary McGinley sweeps Democratic, GOP nominations for Allegheny County judge
Post-Gazette: House passes Lamb bill requiring VA to study holistic treatment
Post-Gazette: Poll shows growing support for Reschenthaler’s clean slate bill for federal marijuana convictions
Post-Gazette: Ready for results — Pennsylvania’s primary election has wrapped up
Tribune Review: Election results: 2019 primary
WESA: Polls Quiet On Primary Day
KDKA: DA Stephen Zappala Wins Democratic Primary, 2 Pittsburgh-Area Incumbents Defeated
KDKA: KDKA Investigation Gets Action: Pittsburgh School Board Poised To Review Contracting, Ethics Rules
City Paper: Last-minute accusations lobbed against Allegheny County Council candidate Olivia Bennett’s residency    
City Paper: How Magisterial Judge Mik Pappas lowered eviction rates by 39 percent in his district
The Incline: The big list of winners in Pittsburgh’s May 2019 primary election

Post-Gazette: Butler area selects Republican to 11th District state House seat
Beaver County Times: Primary 2019: It’s a crowded field for several races
Beaver County Times: Voter turnout about average for municipal primary in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Dixon to face Alberti for recorder of deeds
Beaver County Times: Rossi, Hill to face off for Beaver County Prothonotary
Beaver County Times: Rossi wins Democratic nomination, will face Republican Longo
Beaver County Times: Tony Amadio, Dennis Nichols win Democratic nod for commissioner
Beaver County Times: Wayne Kress ends former Sheriff George David’s comeback attempt with primary win
Beaver County Times: Alex Korol wins both nominations for Ambridge district judge
Beaver County Times: Laura Tocci, Steven Necaster win their party’s primary for judge, move on to general election
Beaver County Times: Sandie Egley nabs GOP Treasurer nomination
Tribune Review: Democrat Joe Bia ousts embattled Arnold Mayor Karen Peconi
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Republicans nominate Kertes, Chew for commissioner
Observer-Reporter: McClure, Belding oust incumbent commissioner Trader
Altoona Mirror: Metzgar, Jones top GOP primary in Logan
Altoona Mirror: Geis, Pacifico to vie for mayor
Altoona Mirror: Dunio secures district judge post
Altoona Mirror: Carnicella, Hunt top GOP contenders for commissioners
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Carnicella leads tight pack; absentee ballots could determine Cambria County commissioners race  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Walker and Dawson win Somerset County GOP commissioner primary; Tokar-Ickes and Hillegas are Democrats’ picks
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Duca tops Cambria coroner ballot weeks after withdrawing

The Times Leader: Brown cruises to victory in WB mayoral primary
The Times Leader: Gilbert victorious in run for second WB Council term
The Times Leader: Snyder tops in Wilkes-Barre City Controller’s race
Times-Tribune: Voters oust O’Malley, Cummings in Lackawanna County commissioners race
Times-Tribune: LGBTQ activist and a school board member defeat Scranton councilman and his running mate in Democratic primary
Times-Tribune: DiBileo beats Casey in Democratic bid for Lackawanna County controller
Times-Tribune: Newcomers win Dunmore races
Times-Tribune: Newcomers earn nominations in contested Abingtons-area primaries

South Central  
Patriot News: Doug Mastriano, retired colonel, wins special election in Pa. Senate’s 33rd District
Patriot News: Harrisburg challengers ‘flip the board,’ vow to keep students at heart of decision-making
Patriot News: Harrisburg school board election: Voters speak for change. Will state beat them to the punch?
Patriot News: Debate on arming teachers falls along party lines, setting up school board fight in November
Patriot News: Republican challengers dash hope of incumbent seeking sixth term: York County Commissioners primary results
Patriot News: Incumbent commissioners advance in Lebanon County
Patriot News: Skip Ebert handily wins GOP nod for Cumberland County DA
Patriot News: Voter turnout in Harrisburg ‘very miserable’ despite races for school board, city council
Patriot News: York County sheriff secures Republican nomination in primary; row offices results
Patriot News: Smith, Sohonage, Grayson grab nominations for 2 Cumberland County judgeships  
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary 2019: Results of primary races
York Daily Record: Election 2019: See which candidates got the nomination in the York County primary  
York Daily Record: York county commissioner: Wheeler, Hoke, Higgins nominated; Reilly, Smith too close to call  
York Daily Record: ‘It’s not a huge surprise to me’: Steve Chronister loses bid for county commissioner  
York Daily Record: 2 candidates set to face off for York County judge seat in November  
York Dispatch: Chris Reilly out as York County commissioner, two challengers advance  
York Dispatch: Rivera set to be York’s first gay, Latino councilman after primary win  
York Dispatch: Low turnout is a feature of odd-year elections in York County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County key results: What you need to know about the commissioners race, Elanco, games of chance and more
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the results of every contested primary in Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Arroyo, Bakay, Garcia-Molina get nod from Democrats in Lancaster City Council primary

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Ray O’Connell cruises to victory in Allentown mayoral Democratic primary
Morning Call: Allentown City Council will have at least two fresh faces after incumbent Democrat ousted
Morning Call: Primary voters trickled in – barely – to Lehigh Valley polling places in off-year election
Morning Call: Ron Beitler, Maury Robert win GOP primary in Lower Macungie commissioners race
Morning Call: Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. wins Democratic nomination  
Reading Eagle: Eddie Moran wins Democratic primary for Reading mayor; incumbent Wally Scott places third
Reading Eagle: Berks County voters decide to overhaul board of commissioners
Reading Eagle: Reading voters keep 1 incumbent on City Council, oust another
Reading Eagle: Election turnout lower than official expected in Berks County
Express Times: From first deputy to top spot on the Democratic ballot for Northampton County District Attorney

North by Northwest
AP: Republican state lawmaker Fred Keller wins U.S. House election in Pennsylvania, replacing GOP congressman who resigned
Erie Times-News: Erie County results coming in after low-turnout primary
Erie Times-News: Witherspoon, Brzezinski, Keys win Dem primary for Erie City Council
Erie Times-News: Rennie knocks off Leone for Erie County Council’s 3rd District Dem nomination
Erie Times-News: Voter turnout low, but not record low in Erie County
Erie Times-News: 3 win nominations in Erie County judge’s race
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State legislator heading to DC
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Voters prefer Tira, Gardner for court posts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Metzger, Mussare win nominations
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Beiter, Slaughter on fall ballot for mayor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: GOP candidates for prothonotary, treasurer, register and recorder picked

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Safety at the polls: Election security must be ensured at all levels
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Auto tariffs put in park: Will the delay bring Europe or Japan to the table?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly primary | Endorsement Guide
Jennifer O’Mara: Student debt is delaying progress for an entire generation
John L. Micek: Why Trump’s Pa. trip was really about the president’s favorite topic: Himself | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Stu Bykofsky: She’s been helping people for a decade. So why is Pa. picking on her?
Will Bunch: Abortion fight is about white patriarchy clinging to power. It’s time for decent men to speak up
John Baer: Pa. among worst states? Pa. voters don’t think so!
John L. Micek: This Pa. woman remembers a time when abortion was illegal: ‘We’re not going back’
Carol Kuniholm: Another failing grade for Pa.: It’s past time to reform the Legislature
Abraham Gutman: My voting FOMO: Let non-citizens vote in local elections
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: VOTE!
Shakae Dupre-Campbell: Philly should focus on leadership training for schools
Alex Schieferdecker: New City Council zoning bills should give pause on climate
Cathy Rubin: How Montgomery County’s new paper ballots have stolen my sweet mother-son tradition | Perspective

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    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
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