Incumbent Democrat Tim Holden's defeat highlights Pennsylvania congressional and legislative primaries
By Geoff Pallay
- See also: For the state executive election results, see this story
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania primary election arrived today, with state voters flocking to the polls to decide which congressional and state legislative candidates they wanted to see in the general election this November. Party primaries were held for 18 U.S. House seats, while on the state level, 25 State Senate and 203 State House seats were up for election.
Two congressional incumbents were defeated while four state legislative incumbents fell at the hands of a challenger.
Here's a recap of the night's results.
Of the 36 possible major party primaries (2 parties, 18 seats), only 10 (28%) were contested. Of those 10 contested primaries, 3 were Republican and 7 were Democratic. The remaining 18 party primaries contained only one candidate (or none at all).
- Incumbent Democrat Tim Holden was defeated by challenger Matt Cartwright. The Campaign for Primary Accountability had targeted Holden as being out of touch with the district. Cartwright criticized Holden for voting against President Obama's health care bill.
- In an incumbent-vs-incumbent battle created by redistricting, Mark Critz outlasted Jason Altmire in a Democratic primary battle. Leading up to the primary, Altmire had been leading most polls. Critz first assumed office in 2011, while Altmire has served in the House since 2007.
- Incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. easily advanced to the general election, where he will face Tom Smith (R). Smith, the winner of the GOP primary over four other candidates, spent $4 million of his own money on TV ads.
|Members of the U.S. House from Pennsylvania-- Partisan Breakdown|
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There are a total of 228 state legislative seats up for election this year. With two party primaries in each district, there were 456 possible primaries yesterday. Out of those 456 possible occurrences for voters to choose between multiple candidates, there were only 63 contested primaries. In other words, in 86.2% of the Pennsylvania state legislative primaries, there was only one candidate running on the ballot -- or none at all.
A total of 4 state house incumbents were defeated -- 3 Democrats and 1 Republican. No State Senate incumbents lost to challengers.
- Joseph Preston, Jr. (D), Pennsylvania State House District 24 was defeated by Edward Gainey.
- Richard Geist (R), Pennsylvania State House District 79 was defeated by John McGinnis.
- Ken Smith (D), Pennsylvania State House District 112 was defeated by Kevin Haggerty.
- Babette Josephs (D), Pennsylvania State House District 182 was defeated by Brian Sims.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2012
- Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Unofficial Congressional primary results
- Unofficial State Senate primary results
- Unofficial State House primary results