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The Latest: An even split for Pennsylvania’s DC delegation

November 7, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day in Pennsylvania (all times local):

12:20 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation will be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats after the Democrats picked up three seats in Tuesday’s election.

Amid the heaviest turnout for a midterm election in nearly 25 years, Democrats flipped several open seats that had been under Republican control before the state Supreme Court redrew their boundaries in a bid to make them more competitive. The justices threw out the old map, ruling that Republicans had drawn it in an unconstitutionally partisan manner.

Pennsylvania voters are sending a state record four women to the House, all Democrats from eastern Pennsylvania.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, meanwhile, beat three-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in the nation’s only race pitting two incumbent representatives against each other.

Republican incumbents won several tight races, including freshman Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who prevailed in a swing district in Philadelphia’s suburbs.

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12:05 a.m.

Republicans in the state Legislature will return to Harrisburg next year with a smaller majority after at least a dozen seats in the southeast flipped over to the Democrats.

In partial results, Democrats won at least 12 Republican House seats, and the GOP took two House seats that had previously been held by Democrats.

In the Senate, Republicans lost at least three seats, all in the Philadelphia area. Sens. Tom McGarrigle and John Rafferty lost re-election battles, and the son of retiring Sen. Stewart Greenleaf was unable to hold his father’s seat.

Republicans began the day with a 121-82 majority in the House and a 34-16 edge in the Senate.

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11:35 p.m.

Republican Rep. Scott Perry has squeaked past a Democratic challenger to win a fourth term in central Pennsylvania.

Perry beat Democrat George Scott by a razor-thin margin on Tuesday in the 10th District, which includes the cities of York and Harrisburg.

The state Supreme Court redrew the district after it ruled the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011. Perry’s district picked up tens of thousands more registered Democrats, giving Democrats hope that Scott could beat Perry.

Republican Rep. Mike Kelly, meanwhile, won re-election to a fifth term in northwestern Pennsylvania, beating Democrat Ron DiNicola.

GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s bid for a second term in the Philadelphia suburbs remained too close to call.

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11:25 p.m.

It’s too close to call for two Republican House members from Pennsylvania.

Reps. Scott Perry and Brian Fitzpatrick are in tight battles for re-election.

Perry is facing a challenge from Democrat George Scott in a conservative district in central Pennsylvania. Democrat Scott Wallace is challenging Fitzpatrick in a swing district in Philadelphia’s suburbs.

Democrats have already picked up three seats in Pennsylvania.

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11:00 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is thanking the man he beat, Republican Lou Barletta, for what he said was a “very gracious” phone call to congratulate him.

Casey won a third term on Tuesday.

He praised Barletta, a Republican congressman and staunch backer of President Donald Trump, for phoning him at a time of stark political division. He says, “To have a phone call like that between two people running against each other is something, I guess, we don’t see enough of in American politics.”

Casey grew nostalgic as he recalled that his father, the late Pennsylvania governor, mounted his first statewide campaign 50 years ago. He recalled his father’s “life of service and his life of commitment to our commonwealth.”

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10:50 p.m.

Pennsylvania voters are sending a record four women to the U.S. House of Representatives.

All four victors are Democrats who won open seats in the Philadelphia suburbs and the Lehigh Valley. Three of them won in districts that had been under Republican control before the state Supreme Court redrew their boundaries in a bid to make them more competitive.

Pennsylvania had never sent more than two women to the House at any one time.

Madeleine Dean beat Republican Dan David in the 4th District. Mary Gay Scanlon prevailed over Republican Pearl Kim in the 5th District. Chrissy Houlahan beat Republican Greg McCauley in the 6th District. And Susan Wild beat Republican Marty Nothstein in the 7th District.

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10:35 p.m.

Democrat Susan Wild has won an open congressional seat in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley that had been under Republican control for two decades.

Wild beat Republican Marty Nothstein on Tuesday in the Allentown-based 7th District, giving Democrats another pickup in their quest to retake the U.S. House majority. Wild is a long-time Allentown lawyer and was briefly the city solicitor.

The area had been represented by centrist Republican Charlie Dent since 2005. He announced last year that he wouldn’t seek re-election before he faced a potentially hostile electorate. He resigned in May.

The newly redrawn district became friendlier to Democrats after the state Supreme Court ruled the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011.

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10:25 p.m.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner says in his concession speech that “it’s been a great journey and I have no regrets.”

Wagner lost his bid Tuesday to deny incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf a second term as Pennsylvania’s chief executive.

The brash Republican did not congratulate Wolf on his victory. Instead he implored Wolf to “do something for the seniors of this state,” saying they are losing their homes because they can’t afford to pay the property taxes.

Wagner, a 63-year-old former state senator who made millions from his garbage-hauling business, mostly self-financed his campaign. He says he’s going to take a vacation but “I’m not going away.”

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10:10 p.m.

Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon has won an open congressional seat in a southeastern Pennsylvania district that had been under Republican control for eight years but was redrawn by the state Supreme Court.

Scanlon beat Republican Pearl Kim on Tuesday in the Delaware County-based 5th District, giving Democrats a pickup in their quest to retake the U.S. House majority.

Republican Pat Meehan had held the Delaware County-based since 2011. Meehan resigned in April while under an ethics investigation for using taxpayer money to settle a former aide’s sexual harassment complaint.

The district it largely replaced had such a contorted shape that it was nicknamed “Goofy kicking Donald Duck” and became a national poster child for gerrymandering. The state Supreme Court redrew it after ruling Pennsylvania’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011.

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10:05 p.m.

Republican Lou Barletta says he’s called Democrat Bob Casey to congratulate him on his re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Casey downed Barletta on Tuesday to win his third term.

Barletta says he hopes Casey will “be able to work with President Trump for the good of the American people. I’m sure he will.” He adds that Casey will “serve the people of Pennsylvania as he always has.”

Barletta, a congressman, was one of Trump’s earliest backers. Casey has been a staunch critic of the president.

Barletta touted Trump’s record and said he wanted to thank the president for his friendship, adding: “This is a caring man.”

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9:55 p.m.

Freshman Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb has ousted three-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in the nation’s only U.S. House race pitting two incumbents against each other.

Lamb beat Rothfus on Tuesday in the 17th District, in suburban Pittsburgh. The district was dramatically redrawn by the Supreme Court after it ruled Pennsylvania’s congressional boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011.

The court eliminated a Republican advantage that Rothfus, a three-term congressman, once enjoyed in a district that had stretched some 100 miles from the Ohio border past Johnstown. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette once likened its shape to “a malnourished hammerhead shark winding through six counties.”

Lamb won a special election in March to succeed resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.

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9:15 p.m.

Tom Wolf has taken the stage with his running mate after winning a second term as Pennsylvania governor.

Speaking at his election night headquarters in York, Wolf said Pennsylvanians voted for better schools, quality and accessible health care and a strong economy. He says it was also a vote for “a public service that actually has integrity, that you can trust.”

Wolf downed GOP challenger Scott Wagner on Tuesday.

He was joined on stage by John Fetterman, the long-time mayor of Braddock. Fetterman won election as lieutenant governor.

Wolf says, in his words, “We are going to do some great things for Pennsylvania.” He says Pennsylvania “has a really bright future.”

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9:10 p.m.

Democrat Tom Wolf has won a second term as Pennsylvania governor, beating brash Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

Wolf’s victory in Tuesday’s election sends him back to Harrisburg to share power with a Republican-controlled Legislature that fought him in two extended budget battles.

Wolf has said he’ll continue advancing his first-term priorities, among them trying to fix funding inequities in public schools. Joining him as lieutenant governor will be John Fetterman, who drew national attention for his efforts to improve the impoverished town of Braddock over 13 years as mayor.

Wagner, a former state senator and waste-hauling millionaire, mostly self-financed his campaign.

He didn’t help himself with a penchant for eyebrow-raising off-the-cuff comments. He told Wolf to put on a catcher’s mask because, he said, he was “going to stomp all over” the incumbent’s face with golf spikes.

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9:05 p.m.

Democrat Bob Casey has won a third U.S. Senate term from Pennsylvania, beating Republican Rep. Lou Barletta.

Barletta was an early supporter of Donald Trump, who returned the favor by stumping for the former Hazleton mayor. The president narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016, but Casey easily won re-election Tuesday in a place that has now given the son of the late former governor six statewide election victories.

Casey is a staunch critic of Trump’s tax-cutting law, calling it a giveaway to the wealthy and corporations while middle-class wages stagnate. Casey also voted against Trump’s nominees for Supreme Court.

Barletta is one of Trump’s biggest allies on Capitol Hill. He campaigned on Trump’s policies, but he never gained traction and was heavily outspent by Casey.

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8:45 p.m.

Two Democratic congressmen from Philadelphia have won re-election.

Rep. Brendan Boyle won re-election to a third term. Boyle beat Republican David Torres on Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans was given a second term. He downed GOP challenger Bryan Leib.

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8 p.m.

The polls are closed in Pennsylvania.

The top of the ballot featured contests for governor and U.S. Senate. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf faced a challenge from GOP nominee Scott Wagner, and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey sought a third term against Lou Barletta, a Republican congressman and early backer of President Donald Trump.

The state’s 18 congressional seats were also up for grabs in a midterm election that will determine which party controls Congress for the next two years. Voters had a large number of open seats to fill, with district boundaries redrawn under court order this year to make them more competitive.

One incumbent, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh, ran unopposed.

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7 p.m.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is urging Philadelphians to ignore rainy weather and vote before the polls close.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the Democrat was broadcasting that message from a megaphone mounted on top of a car late Tuesday.

Rendell, who is also a former mayor of Philadelphia, is telling city residents they have “one thing to do,” and rain can’t stop them.

He says they should “get out and vote.”

Rendell was stumping for a Democrat running in a newly redrawn congressional district.

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6:45 p.m.

Officials in a suburban Philadelphia county say nearly 100 voters were given the wrong ballot in a state legislative race and they’re trying to figure out what to do about it.

A Chester County spokeswoman says the mix-up occurred early Tuesday at a senior center in Phoenixville that’s split between two state House districts.

The county spokeswoman says the first 108 voters were all given ballots for a race that pits incumbent Republican Rep. Becky Corbin against Democratic challenger Danielle Otten.

The problem is that 93 of those voters should have been given ballots for the race between incumbent Republican Rep. Warren Kampf and Democrat Melissa Shusterman.

Officials say it’s likely a county judge will be involved in determining what to do about the ballot confusion.

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6:20 p.m.

Authorities say a woman was struck and killed outside an eastern Pennsylvania polling place where she had just voted.

Officials in Lehigh County say the accident happened about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday outside the Forks Township municipal building.

The coroner’s office says that 83-year-old Marlene Raub was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital due to blunt-force trauma to the head. Her death was ruled accidental.

Witnesses say Raub had just voted and was walking outside when she was struck by a minivan. Police say the driver stopped at the scene and was released without being charged.

Dozens of voters continued to walk in and out of the polling place as police investigated outside.

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1:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but he’s influencing the vote in Pennsylvania.

Republican Rosanne Palmieri voted for Trump in 2016, and she cast a party-line ticket on Tuesday as voters made their choices in races for governor, a U.S. senate seat and several contested House races. She gives him mixed reviews so far and wishes he would “keep his mouth shut,” but also hopes Republicans keep control of Congress.

Democrat Jeremy Kastrup also voted along party lines, saying Republicans are trying a “Do It Yourself” style of government that’s not working. Kastrup — who didn’t vote for Trump — says his administration has been “just straight up sloppy” in running the country.

Both Palmieri and Kastrup say the volume and vitriol of politics today makes it hard to follow the issues.

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7 a.m.

Election Day in Pennsylvania is underway amid expectations for relatively high midterm election turnout.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania voters will decide who occupies the governor’s office for four years and help determine control of Congress the next two years under Republican President Donald Trump.

This year, 8.6 million people are registered to vote, a record midterm election high for Pennsylvania.

Topping the ballot are Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott Wagner, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Republican challenger Lou Barletta, a congressman.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania voters fill a wave of open U.S. House seats and settle contests in districts with boundaries newly redrawn under court order.

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12:20 a.m.

Pennsylvania voters will decide who occupies the governor’s office for four years and help determine control of Congress the next two years under President Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s election comes amid expectations for relatively high midterm election turnout. This year, 8.6 million people are registered to vote, a record midterm election high for Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s highest midterm turnout in the last 20 years was in 2006, when it was 50 percent. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Topping the ballot are Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott Wagner, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Republican challenger Lou Barletta, a congressman.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania voters fill a wave of open U.S. House seats and settle contests in districts with boundaries newly redrawn under court order.

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