With only 57% of precincts reporting in, Scavello led Aurand with 59% of the vote. Scavello garnered 22,565 votes, and Aurand managed a respectable 15,426.
SD-40 officially became an open seat once Democratic Senator Jim Ferlo announced that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection this year. The redistricting that helped the GOP win this seat is rumored to be one of the reasons that Ferlo decided to step down, along with health issues.
Scavello will be leaving his seat in the State House for his new spot in the State Senate. He assumed office in 2002 for the 176th PA House District via special election, which was held to replace former Rep. Chris Wogan and in the face of redistricting.
The district contains parts of Northampton and Monroe counties. Due to aforementioned redistricting, what was once a relatively blue area seems to have rapidly switched over to a hearty red.