The Nov. 6, 2018 election results at the top of the ticket went as expected with Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Bob Casey handily defeating their opponents. In terms of Pa. federal races, all AMPAC-supported candidates were victorious, including physician John Joyce.
Moving down the ballot and taking a closer look at state Senate and House of Representative races, several surprises struck both sides of the aisle with democrats outpacing republicans.* Most of the competitive races took place in the southeast region, where democrats in the House saw a net gain of 12 seats and where five Senate republican seats turned blue.
PAMPAC was engaged in a number of state legislative races across the state with the majority of those we supported winning re-election. However, there were several races where we spent considerable resources with disappointing results. In the state Senate, PAMPAC supported former State Rep. Marguerite Quinn in her bid to win an open Senate seat in Bucks County. Despite our efforts, and the efforts of local physicians, Rep. Quinn was unable to counter the democratic wave that overtook Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. On the opposite side of the state, political newcomer Jeremy Shaffer, supported by PAMPAC, failed in his bid to defeat another newcomer, Lindsey Williams, by less than 1,000 votes. In the House, we supported two incumbents, Rep. Warren Kampf and Rep. Becky Corbin, both of whom were strident physician advocates, but neither were able to emerge victorious after the polls closed.
PAMPAC's involvement in two open seats proved successful as both Andrew Lewis (R), Dauphin County, and Natalie Milhalek (R), Allegheny County, won narrow victories. Our involvement in several highly competitive districts proved helpful for southeast Republican Rep. Todd Stephens, Montgomery County, and Chester County Democrat Carolyn Comitta who both won their re-election bid. We also played a supportive role in races in Lehigh, Pike, Lancaster, and Montgomery counties.
Looking ahead to the 2019-20 legislative session, 44 new members of the General Assembly will be sworn-in on Jan. 1, 2019. As always, we encourage physicians to develop relationships with their local representatives, especially if they are a part of this freshman class. If you're interested in meeting with your legislator, please feel free to reach out to Katie Thiemann, PAC and Grassroots Advocacy Director at email@example.com for further information.
For a list of all PAMPAC-supported elected candidates, click here.
The following are incumbent state Senators and House members who were defeated:
John Rafferty (R), Montgomery County
Tom McGarrigle (R), Delaware County
Tom Quigley (R), Montgomery
Becky Corbin (R), Chester County
Warren Kampf (R), Chester County
Bud Cook (R), Washington County
Kate Harper (R), Bucks County
Harry Lewis (R), Delaware County
Duane Milne (R), Delaware County
Eric Roe, (R), Chester County
Jamie Santora (R), Delaware County
Brian Barbin (D), Cambria County
Learn more about PAMPAC, including how to join, at www.pampac.org.
*As of the time of this writing, just over 99% of the precincts reported. Facts and figures are based on preliminary results. Results are subject to change, as some elections could require a recount after all votes are tabulated.