Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate
will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014
. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is March 11, 2014.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate:
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.
List of candidates
Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.
Although Pennsylvania has long been considered a two-party state, some media outlets believe that 2014 could see the state start down the path towards one-party domination. While the Tea Party wave of support helped Republicans claim the governor's mansion and a majority in the house in 2010, 2012 saw the Democrats win their sixth straight presidential election dating back to 1988, the three statewide "row offices" (attorney general, auditor general and treasurer) for the first time ever and a decisive victory for U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.. Republicans control the senate by a meager three votes, making this a chamber with a high probability to flip control to the Democrats. A potential lose of the governorship and the senate would reduce Republicans to minority status within Pennsylvania politics.