Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

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Elections for the Pennsylvania State Senate consisted of a primary election on April 22, 2008 and a general election on November 4, 2008.

Qualifications

Under Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution, Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age and Representatives twenty-one years of age. They shall have been citizens and inhabitants of their respective districts one year next before their election (unless absent on the public business of the United States or of this State) and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service.

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Pennsylvania in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 55 $26,589,797
2010 53 $20,772,005
2008 65 $29,456,144
2006 63 $22,233,800
2004 52 $18,023,643
2002 53 $19,135,990
2000 49 $10,724,732

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to the 65 Senate candidates was $29,456,144. The top 10 contributors were:[2]

2008 Donors, Pennsylvania State Senate
Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $2,378,474
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $1,608,546
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania $1,581,016
Pennsylvania Democratic State Senate Campaign Cmte $837,158
Electrical Workers Local 98 $406,500
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $312,650
Pennsylvania Education Association $307,965
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners $263,250
Yaw, Gene $228,023
Public Service Pac $218,000

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Anne Dicker: 13,813
  • John J. Dougherty: 27,331
  • Lawrence M. Farnese: 30,879 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Jack Morley: 2,642 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lawrence M. Farnese: 95,727 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jack Morley: 22,698

District 3

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Shirley M. Kitchen: 51,193 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Robert S. Nix: 2,041 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shirley M. Kitchen: 96,328 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert S. Nix: 12,647

District 5

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Stack: 38,358 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • John Farley: 6,282 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Stack: 71,141 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Farley: 27,702

District 7

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Vincent J. Hughes: 55,505 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Marc Perry: 3,192 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vincent J. Hughes: 101,996 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marc Perry: 17,344

District 9

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • John Linder: 27,596 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Dominic Pileggi: 21,835 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Linder: 55,730
Republican Party Dominic Pileggi: 77,440 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Michael A. O'Pake: 33,944 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Stephen P. Fuhs: 9,615 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael A. O'Pake: 76,885 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Stephen P. Fuhs: 30,991

District 13

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Jose E. Urdaneta: 24,524 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Steve McDonald: 5,278
  • Bill Neff: 2,054
  • Lloyd K. Smucker: 11,271 Approveda
  • Paul Thibault: 5,044

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jose E. Urdaneta: 50,488
Republican Party Lloyd A. Smucker: 66,632 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Judy Hirsh: 23,561 Approveda
  • Alvin Q. Taylor: 13,259
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Piccola: 19,747 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Judy Hirsh: 59,432
Republican Party Jeff Piccola: 64,166 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Daylin Leach: 39,080 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Lisa Paolino: 6,653
  • Lance Rogers: 10,217 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daylin Leach: 79,114 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lance Rogers: 49,643

District 19

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Andrew E. Dinniman: 37,176 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Steve Kantrowitz: 18,183 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew E. Dinniman: 84,846 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Steve Kantrowitz: 62,026

District 21

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Mary Jo White: 21,889 Approveda
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidate:
  • Mary Lea Lucas Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mary Jo White: 76,699 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Mary Lea Lucas: 13,987

District 23

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Louis Trey Casimir: 19,520 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Steven W. Cappelli: 8,561
  • Doug McLinko: 8,475
  • Gene Yaw: 15,548 Approveda
Independent Independent candidate:
  • Michael A. Dincher Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Louis Trey Casimir: 29,612
Republican Party Gene Yaw: 61,430 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael A. Dincher: 10,965

District 25

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Donald L. Hilliard: 22,276 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Joseph B. Scarnati: 23,785 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald L. Hilliard: 31,979
Republican Party Joseph B. Scarnati: 64,103 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • John R. Gordner: 20,180 Approveda

November 4 General election candidate:

Republican Party John R. Gordner: 79,985 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Peter "PJ" Symons: 27,116 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • James J. Rhoades: 18,011 Approveda
Independent Independent candidate:
  • Dennis Baylor Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter "PJ" Symons: 38,017
Republican Party James J. Rhoades: 68,160 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Dennis Baylor: 2,354

District 31

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Susan Kiskis: 27,560 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Patricia H. Vance: 25,843 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Kiskis: 37,406
Republican Party Patricia H. Vance: 92,959 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

Note: Bruce Tushingham won the Democratic primary with 1,600 write-in votes.[3]

Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Richard Alloway: 9,281 Approveda
  • Catherine A. Cresswell: 7,820
  • Bob Curley: 1,382
  • Jim Taylor: 8,949

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce Tushingham: 36,804
Republican Party Richard Alloway: 80,259 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • John N. Wozniak: 41,205 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Joseph W. Veranese: 13,800 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John N. Wozniak: 65,281 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph W. Veranese: 33,959

District 37

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Amy Jude Schmotzer: 37,423 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • John Pippy: 17,280 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Amy Jude Schmotzer: 46,152
Republican Party John Pippy: 88,770 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Tony Bompiani: 29,748 Approveda
  • Chris Huffman: 15,446
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Bob Regola: 10,916 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tony Bompiani: 51,571
Republican Party Kim Ward: 60,740 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Don White: 19,352 Approveda

November 4 General election candidate:

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Don White: 97,625 Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Jay Costa: 55,900 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidate:

Democratic Party Jay Costa: 101,482 Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Sean Logan: 46,474 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidate:

Democratic Party Sean Logan: 85,334 Green check mark transparent.png

District 47

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Jason M. Petrella: 22,542
  • Sean Michael Ramaley: 25,673 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Harris: 5,427
  • Elder Vogel: 7,020 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason M. Petrella: 45,857
Republican Party Elder Vogel: 60,047 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party April 22 Democratic primary:
  • Cindy Purvis: 34,920 Approveda
Republican Party April 22 GOP primary:
  • Jane M. Earll: 13,221 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cindy Purvis: 45,480
Republican Party Jane M. Earll: 62,934 Green check mark transparent.png

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