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Cartwright Wins In New 8th Congressional District

November 7, 2018
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Cartwright Wins In New 8th Congressional 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.”

CLAYTON OVER, staff writer, contributed to this report.

Contact the writers:

jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT; shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushallTT

 

 

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