HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania voters pushed Democratic Joe Biden to the top to make him the newly-elected president, return 18 members to Congress and elect the Party’s first-ever auditor-general Republic for more than two decades.
Democrat Josh Shapiro was also declared the winner of his race on Friday for his second term as state attorney general.
“I ran as the representative of the people, with a record of participating in major battles and standing for the highest power,” Shapiro said shortly after the AP news agency called his race. “And I̵7;m grateful that the people of Pennsylvania have given me the opportunity to keep working and supporting them.”
Three more members of Congress won the victories, US Congressman Conor Lamb in the Pittsburgh area, Susan Wild in the Allentown area, and Matt Cartwright in Scranton.
Republican Timothy DeFoor will be the state’s next auditor-general after overtaking Democratic Party member Nina Ahmad, while vote tally continues to determine results for the state treasurer. Republicans will retain majority control over both houses of the General Assembly.
Biden won in his hometown of Pennsylvania, with The Associated Press claiming he was the winner on Saturday after it determined that the remaining votes counted would not allow Republican President Donald Trump caught up.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are fiercely competing for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, one of the few remaining states declared in the fight for the presidency.
The tally of mailed ballots pushed Biden into a narrow lead Friday in a state crucial to Trump’s hopes of reaching 270 electoral votes and a repeat of victory in Pennsylvania. his 2016 year.
A series of voting and vote count lawsuits that have been brought in by Trump and the Republicans in recent days, especially on old Pennsylvania law, have significantly expanded mail voting. It’s not clear how those instances could change the race.
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Second-term US Republican Senator Brian Fitzpatrick of the Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia, won the election after becoming the top target of the Democrats as one of the three Republicans in the House of Representatives. domestic institute runs for the county that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
Fitzpatrick, a polite former FBI agent who took over the chair from his late brother, has been challenged by a relatively political unknown nominated by the Democratic party, Christina Finello.
Fitzpatrick voted for Trump’s tax cuts and opposes impeaching him. Finello has attacked Fitzpatrick as too weak to fight Trump and is silent in the face of the president’s worst violations.
The Democrats have the advantage of registering around 15,000 voters in the region, for which Clinton won 2 percentage points.
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A Democratic freshman, Wild defended his Allentown seats against Republican candidate Lisa Scheller, a former Lehigh County commissioner.
Wild, a prominent attorney in Allentown, won his first term in 2018 by beating his Republican rival by 10 percentage points to the open seat.
Wild claimed victory on Thursday night, before The Associated Press called the race Friday.
Scheller started out as a pigment manufacturer for paints, coatings and inks, and introduced her profile as a recovering addict and advocate for those in recovery.
This region makes it difficult for a Republican, as Democrats have the advantage of registering with 60,000 voters.
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Cartwright, a four-term Democrat in Congress from northeastern Pennsylvania, won re-election in a county where Trump is a favorite.
This time, Cartwright was challenged by Jim Bognet, a candidate who won the GOP’s six-man primary election for the first time, in part, by promising to become a loyal ally. by Trump.
The area is anchored by the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, both of which are Democratic Party bases. However, the party’s voter registration advantage in the region – still at a substantial 58,000 – is shrinking and the Republicans’ hopes of winning it are long-term.
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Republican US Senator Scott Perry was elected for a fifth term in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in the area around Harrisburg and York in central Pennsylvania.
Perry defeats Democrat Eugene DePasquale, the state’s two-term general auditor.
Perry, a staunch Trump supporter and owner of one of the most conservative voting profiles in the US House of Representatives, went on for another term in a district that has slowly turned less conservative. than.
The race was Pennsylvania’s most expensive race this year, drawing in more than $ 11 million in outside group spending after a lesser known Democrat knocked Perry out in 2.5. percentage point in 2018.
US Republican Rep. Mike Kelly won his sixth term in a county in northwestern Pennsylvania before a political novice, teacher Kristy Gnibus. Democrats viewed Kelly as vulnerable after winning the race by 4 percentage points in 2018.
The district has a Republican registration advantage, about 22,000. But the Democratic parts of the county took a similar conservative shift in 2016 like the other historic Democrats of Pennsylvania, where the population was whiter, less affluent, and less educated.
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US Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb won full second term in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District in the Pittsburgh area.
Lamb beat Republican Sean Parnell after the AP news agency called the race Saturday. Lamb claimed victory late on Wednesday, but the AP still hadn’t called the race at the time.
Lamb became a Democrat star in 2018 when he won two races in two districts that are already hostile to Democrats. One is a special election in a county where President Donald Trump has won 20 percentage points and a general election in a county redrawn with a three-term incumbent.
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Shapiro, a former state congressman and county commissioner in suburban Philadelphia, won the competition to become the state’s top law enforcement official. He defeated Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a lawyer from Mount Lebanon and a former Allegheny District Council member.
Shapiro, an Abington resident, has been candid about proper election preparation and counting in recent weeks, and regularly on television reports about the campaign and operations in Pennsylvania.
Winning a second term puts him on the list of potential gubernatorial hopes two years from now, when Wolf is out.
“Once again, we have shown that we can rise to the top of the rankings and get support from across parties and ideas, based on our profile,” said Shapiro.
Shapiro took over after the defeat was the term of Democratic Kathleen Kane in office. Kane resigned in the fourth year of his term after being found guilty of fraud and then sentenced to prison.
Shapiro oversaw an investigation that culminated in August 2018, a jury report showing that around 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania had sexually abused children for seven decades and superiors. their help to cover it up.
Heidelbaugh has described Shapiro as an inexperienced courtroom attorney and has pursued the headlines to feed political ambitions. She cites his recent and repeated publicity about coronavirus pricing cases.
Republican Stacy Garrity and incumbent Democrat Joe Torsella are waiting to know who will be the state treasurer next January.
Torsella, considered a potential US Senate or governor candidate, said his main achievements as state treasurer included setting up a scholarship program for newborn children and leading first sued the big Wall Street banks over their bond fees.
The lawsuit resulted in a settlement of close to $ 400 million on pricing requests, the amount being divided among the other plaintiffs. He has also turned many of the state’s investments into index funds, keeping the state on track to save hundreds of millions of dollars in investment fees over the coming decades.
Torsella, 57, a resident of Flourtown, served as President Barack Obama’s special envoy for United Nations administration and reform, heads the National Constitutional Center, and is selected by former Governor Ed Rendell. Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
Garrity, 56, retired as colonel in 2016 after 30 years with the Army Reserve. She is the vice president of a tungsten smelter.
Garrity, who lives in Athens in Bradford County, wants to use the Treasury’s leverage to urge lawmakers and governors to limit spending on money that has been formally appropriated by the Legislature and to end spending. executive branch spending outside of the pre-approval process.
The race for the position of general auditor was pitted against Republican Timothy L. DeFoor, a district controller in central Pennsylvania, against Democrat Nina Ahmad, former Philadelphia vice mayor. DeFoor was declared the winner on Friday.
“It’s been an honor, it has been fun, what a privilege,” DeFoor said Friday, with cellphones on the golf course. “And once the race is officially called, I’m ready to serve, ready to serve.”
Black DeFoor will be sworn in in January as the state’s first elected black “row officer”.
DeFoor, 58, Dauphin County elected controllers, including Harrisburg, have run on his experience, saying that would set him uniquely qualified for the office. He has spent three decades conducting government audits and fraud investigations against the state chief inspector, state attorney general, and major hospital systems.
All 203 seats in the House of Representatives and a half of the Senate consisting of 50 people have preceded the voters, and the Republican party retains majority control in both houses.
At least two incumbent Democrats and one Republican senator lost.
First-term Democratic Rep. Wendy Ullman of the Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia was defeated by Shelby Labs of the Republican Party. Democrats’ hopes of regaining a majority in the Senate began to be suppressed when Republican Devlin Robinson unleashed Democratic Sen. Pam Iovino in a suburban Pittsburgh district.
Republican Sen. Tom Killion, who has represented Delaware County since 2016, after a long stint in the House of Representatives, was defeated by Democrat John Kane, a plumbers union administrator. country.
There is only one race to enter the Senate which has yet to be ranked, meaning that the room will remain in Republican hands next session. The current Senate is split 28-21, plus an independent upper house ballots the ballot with the GOP.
Democrats in the election need nine seats to regain majority in the House of Representatives, and Ullman’s loss of 10. But only seven seats held by Republicans are not available.
Two years ago, Democrats won 11 seats for 93 members, compared with 110 Republican seats.
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