Incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf was elected to serve a second term as governor of Pennsylvania in Tuesday’s midterm election, over Republican opponent Scott Wagner.
Democrat Bob Casey also was re-elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate, defeating opponent Republican Congressman Lou Barletta.
Residents of Franklin and Cumberland counties contributed to a record turnout for a midterm election Tuesday to elect two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Scott Perry for the 10th District and Republican Dr. John Joyce for the 13th District, among a number of state representatives. The unofficial voter turnout for Cumberland County was around 61 percent, while the turnout for Franklin County was close to 60 percent, according to unofficial results posted by the bureaus of election.
Wolf received 57.6 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Scott Wagner, according to the Associated Press. John Fetterman will serve beside Wolf as his lieutenant governor.
Wolf has been governor since 2015, while Wagner is a businessman who founded his own waste-hauling company, Penn Waste. Wagner is also a former state senator.
Wagner unofficially received the majority of the votes in Franklin County with close to 65 percent, versus 33.53 percent for Wolf, while it was closer in Cumberland County with Wolf edging Wagner by a few thousand votes.
Longtime incumbent, Democrat Bob Casey, retained his seat in the United States Senate receiving a little more than 55 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Lou Barletta, according to the Associated Press. Barletta received nearly 43 percent of the vote.
Barletta is the former mayor of Hazleton and had been serving Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District since 2011.
Barletta unofficially had the upper hand in Franklin County and Cumberland counties, receiving about two-thirds of the vote in Franklin County and about 7,000 more votes in Cumberland County.
Republican newcomer Dr. John Joyce defeated Democratic newcomer Brent Ottaway with more than 70 percent of the vote to win the seat in the 13th Congressional District, formerly the 9th district seat, according to the Associated Press. Longtime Congressman Bill Shuster currently holds the seat in the 9th District.
Joyce won comfortably in both Franklin and Cumberland counties, receiving more than twice the amount of votes.
Joyce is a third-generation resident of Blair County and the 13th District. He is a practicing physician serving patients from all 10 counties in the new 13th District, and currently lives in Hollidaysburg.
“The people of Pennsylvania’s new 13th Congressional District have made their voices heard at the ballot box today, and they decided they wanted to send a political outsider to Washington,” Joyce said in front of supporters Tuesday night. “Someone who would listen to their concerns, while sharing in our commonsense conservative values that represent central and southwestern Pennsylvania. Voters wanted a new fresh voice who would not only listen to their concerns, but put the voters' priorities first. That has been, and will continue to be, my pledge to all everyone across the new 13th Congressional District.”
Joyce continued, “I want to humbly thank you for believing in me, supporting me, and allowing me the privilege to run for this office. I’ve made a number of house calls throughout my career as a physician, but this House-Call will be an ultimate honor to serve.”
He concluded, “I am humbled and honored to begin this new journey to represent your values in Congress, and I look forward to the work we will accomplish together.”
Republican Scott Perry narrowly defeated Democratic challenger George Scott with a little more than 51 percent of the votes, according to the Associated Press. Perry has been a U.S. representative of Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District since 2013. The district was redrawn as the 10th District earlier this year in an effort to eliminate gerrymandering.
Perry received about 5,000 more votes than Scott in Cumberland County.
Perry told The Patriot-News the narrow win was “one of the most exhilarating in his political career,” and is excited and humbled to begin serving the new 10th District.
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Senate - 30th District
Republican Judy Ward secured the 30th District seat, being vacated by Sen. John Eichelberger Jr., from Democratic opponent Emily Best. Ward received close to 80 percent of the vote in Franklin County and more than twice the amount of votes in Cumberland County.
“While I'm disappointed with the results, I'm also so proud of how hard we worked to give voters in this district a choice on the ballot for the first time in a long time,” Best wrote in an email to The News-Chronicle. “There's work to be done to improve our infrastructure, our healthcare system, and how we fund our schools, and I hope that Sen-elect Ward will fairly represent the people and work for all of us.”
Ward did not respond to an email for comment by press time Wednesday.
Rep. - 89th District
Republican Rob Kauffman will remain the representative for the 89th district. Kauffman ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election in Franklin County. He received more than 95 percent of votes in the county, with 791 write-in votes recorded. Kauffman has served the state House of Representatives since 2004.
Rep. - 86th District
In Cumberland County, Republican incumbent Mark Keller received more than 1,200 more votes than Democratic challenger Karen Anderson. Keller will enter his 8th term next year.
“I am humbled by yesterday’s overwhelming election results,” Keller wrote in an email to The News-Chronicle. “To my family, staff, supporters, and each person who cast their vote for me – THANK YOU! I am invigorated by the outpouring of support I have received and am looking forward to further serving the 86th District as State Representative. My promise remains unchanged. I will continue to represent the true conservative voice my district so clearly desires in Harrisburg. I will not allow emotions to override common sense when it comes to legislating and pledge to stand strong to protect the values of the people who put their trust in me. I am so looking forward to the next two years and am beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve my community. My sincerest thanks to you all.”
“I want to thank so many people who helped me throughout our six-month-long campaign,” Anderson wrote in an email to The News-Chronicle. “It was certainly a grassroots effort; from the local Democratic Party, to the people who put out yard signs, knocked on doors and made donations. To those who voted for me on Tuesday, I extend a deep, heartfelt thank you. Personally, it was pure joy to meet my neighbors in Cumberland County in the 86th. You are wonderful people! I will continue to be active working for change for our area at the state level. Our representation must step up and lead, not sit back and simply collect a paycheck and benefits. On Tuesday, I met many Shippensburg University students who gave me renewed faith in the future of our slice of central PA. I hope the younger voters find their drive to get involved in the democratic process. We need them. The future truly is theirs.”
Rep. - 199th District
In the 199th District, Republican Barbara Gleim took the seat with over 14,700 votes compared to Democrat opponent Sherwood McGinnis who received close to 9900 in Cumberland County, according to unofficial results from the county. Gleim also said she is humbled by the win, and is excited to begin serving the constituents in the district, which is currently held by outgoing Rep. Stephen Bloom.