The biggest special election in the Pittsburgh suburbs since, well, last year, is set to take place April 2.
Former state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R) now serves in Congress. Republicans want to hold his Senate seat, while Democrats are looking for a pickup. Both parties want to set an early narrative about what kind of cycle 2020 is shaping up to be.
Raja, businessman and Allegheny County GOP Chair, faces Democratic candidate Pam Iovino, a Navy veteran.
The 37th district has switched hands from the GOP to the Democratic Party numerous times during this decade alone. Democrat Matt Smith bested Raja for this seat in 2012 by a 5 point margin. The GOP took the seat back after Smith resigned to take over as President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Reschenthaler won a special election in 2015 by 6 points and cruised to a victory the following year by 20 points.
A win for the GOP basically ends the Democratic party’s hopes to regain a Senate majority in 2020.
With the seat up for grabs and both party’s looking for bragging rights in a moderate district, who should be the next state Senator for the 37th District?
The poll will close at 12 pm on Friday, March 29.
Reader Poll: Who should be the next state Senator for the 37th District?
- D. Raja (50%)
- Pam Iovino (50%)