Readers Pick Raja Race as Most Competitive

GOP Senate candidate D. Raja.

In politics, some races come down to a handful of votes – and a couple of points is generally considered a handy win. But in this case, PoliticsPA readers made the decision in a landslide 15-point spread.

With 395 votes total, a whopping 34 percent of readers said that the 37th district Senate race between Republican Raja and likely Dem candidate Matt Smith will be this cycle’s top race. No other race broke the 20-percent mark.

It is also noteworthy that voters chose all open seats for the top three competitive races. The 49th district race, with GOP’s Janet Anderson facing off against Dem Sean Wiley, received 76 votes, and the 15th district race between Republican John McNally and Dem Rob Teplitz got 69 votes.

The three races rounding out the bottom were all separated from the McNally/Teplitz race by at least five points.

The 29th district race between incumbent Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Tim Seip received 12 percent of the vote, with 47.

Next was the 17th district race between Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) and Charles Gehret, which garnered 44 votes.

At the bottom was SD-47. With only 22 votes, it seems that few voters believe the race between Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) and his Democratic challenger Kim Villella is a major one.

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  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?


    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

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