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Cartwright Defeats Chrin In 8th District Race

November 7, 2018

ELECTION RESULTS: U.S. Congress, 8th District

SCRANTON — Moosic Democrat Matt Cartwright comfortably defeated Republican challenger John Chrin of Monroe County on Tuesday, earning a fourth-term in Congress and a first term representing the new 8th Congressional District. According to unofficial election results, as of 10 p.m., Cartwright garnered 69,186 votes, about 61 percent, to Chrin’s 46,007 votes, or 39 percent. President Donald Trump’s endorsement and late-October campaign visits by Vice President Mike Pence and Eric Trump, the president’s second son, proved not enough to carry the former Wall Street banker over the finish line in an election that many on both sides of the political spectrum considered a referendum on Trump. By 9 p.m., dozens of Cartwright supporters had gathered inside the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center for a watch party. And watch they did. Many kept their eyes fixed to televisions airing CNN coverage of other races and nationwide. They occasionally cheered or clapped when news broke of a Democratic victory or blue leads opened up. The congressman had not arrived as of about 10 p.m. The 8th Congressional District seat includes all of Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike counties, roughly the eastern half of Luzerne County and part of Monroe County. The annual salary for a congressman is $174,000. The term is two years. For the last six months, Cartwright, 57, has accused Chrin on wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare and has questioned where the former Wall Street banker actually resided. Chrin, 55, said the congressman favored sanctuary cities and wants to increase taxes. Chrin, who moved to Pennsylvania from New Jersey in 2017, met with his supporters at Skytop Lodge in Barrett Twp., Monroe County. Chrin’s brother, Tom, watched early vote counts flash on a television screen in the Skytop Lodge library. While early counts favored Cartwright, Tom Chrin expressed confidence that his brother will fare well in parts of the district outside of Lackawanna County. “I’m thinking the four other counties ... outside of Lackawanna, he’s going to be strong in,” Tom Chrin said. Dan Flath, 30, lives in New Jersey but came to Pennsylvania today to work the polls for Chrin. Flath worked for Chrin’s wife, Maria, in New Jersey and has known the family for years.. “He’s a Pennsylvania guy,” Flath said, rejecting the notion that Chrin, who moved back to his native Pennsylvania from New Jersey in 2017, is a carpetbagger or political opportunist. “I mean I’ve known him for half my life, and he’s always been a Pennsylvania guy. That’s where he’s from. His whole family is here. I mean he lived in New Jersey for a period of time, but he was always back here.” “Cartwright quote,” Cartwright told supporters gathered at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center for a victory party. Cartwright’s biggest margin of victory came in Lackawanna County, where he lives. Unofficial results show he earned XX percent of the votes “And as long as we fare well in Lackawanna, we should do well.”Both Cartwright, 57, of Moosic, and Chrin, 55, of Barrett Twp., Monroe County, oppose cutting Social Security benefits or cost-of-living adjustments and privatization. They also both favor building a wall on the Mexico border. Chrin, however, wants better electronic verification of visa entries and exits at airports and ports to stop foreign visitors from overstaying. He also thinks a 13-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants sounds reasonable if it matches the legal immigrant process. Cartwright, a House member since 2013 and House Appropriations Committee member since September 2014, also wants penalties for illegal immigrants as part of a lengthy pathway to citizenship and an electronic system to regulate visa overstays. They differ on other issues: Cartwright favors increasing Social Security benefits by an average of 2 percent and indexing cost-of-living adjustments to elderly consumer spending, increasing the Social Security payroll tax from 6.2 percent to 7.4 percent over 23 years and applying the tax to all income except between $128,400 and $400,000. He also favors the Affordable Care Act, but wants revisions to expand coverage to more people, to allow 50- to 64-year-olds to buy into Medicare and Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Chrin advocates getting more people paying into the Social Security system and eliminating fraud to save the program. On Medicare, Chrin advocates eliminating health care system inefficiencies, increasing competition to drive down prices and uniformly digitizing medical records to better track costs and care. He also favors preserving pre-existing conditions protections in insurance, advocates eliminating health care system inefficiencies, increasing competition and uniformly digitizing medical records to better track costs and care. Chrin opposes a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health-care system.

 

 

Election results for the 8th district race for U.S. Congress will be updated here as results come in. Results are partial and unofficial.

 

 

The candidates are:

 

Matt Cartwright, Democratic John Chrin, Republican

Total District Vote

Cartwright  86,374

Chrin          59,214

 

Luzerne County 

Cartwright    32,433

Chrin            26,840

 

The district includes Hazleton, Nanticoke, Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Ashley, Avoca, Bear Creek Village, Courtdale, Dupont, Duryea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Freeland, Hughestown, Jeddo, Kingston, Laflin, Larksville, Laurel Run, Luzerne, Nuangola, Penn Lake Park, Plymouth, Pringle, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville, Warrior Run, West Hazleton, West Pittston, West Wyoming, White Haven, Wyoming and Yatesville; the townships of Bear Creek, Buck, Butler, Dallas, Dennison, Exeter, Fairview, Foster, Franklin, Hanover, Hazle (District 1 split), 02, 03, 04 and 05, Jackson, Jenkins, Kingston, Pittston, Plains, Plymouth, Rice, Wilkes-Barre and Wright.

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