After months of tumultuous midterm discourse (and countless campaign commercials) in our swing state of Pennsylvania, the results are finally in.
Pennsylvania holds a vast amount of power in the country’s elections, both midterms and presidential races, which led to intense, nail-biting induced Senate, Representative, and Governor races. With abortion rights, inflation, immigration, and even democracy all on the ballot this year, over 5 million Pennsylvanians showed up to the polls November 8 to cast their votes.
Here are the results:
Pennsylvania’s 17th District Congressional winner was Chris Deluzio (D). Deluzio beat Jeremy Shaffer (R) by 22,712 votes and is now Beaver County’s Representative.
The House of Representatives gained six Republicans seats, now holding 211 seats, where the Democrats lost seven and now hold 203 seats.
John Fetterman (D) beat Dr. Oz (R) for the Senate seat by 211,991 votes, and Josh Shapiro (D) beat Doug Mastriano (R) for PA Governor by 750, 710 votes.
The Senate has gained one Democratic seat now holding 50 seats, and the Republican Party lost one senate seat, now with 49 seats. (Georgia remains undetermined pending a run-off election next month.)
Democrats had a major win in Pennsylvania, flipping the state blue.
According to the Center of Learning and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, this midterm had the second highest voter turnout among young voters in the past three decades.
While this was a Democratic win for PA, Congress members are still fighting tooth and nail for their respective party’s majority seats. Democrats are currently in the minority, trying to become the majority, and Republicans are in the majority trying to keep it that way.
With the extreme increase in party polarization, this may be just the beginning of many brutal elections.