Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014.

The Pennsylvania State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. With vacant seats counting towards the party that previously held the seat, the Pennsylvania Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 16 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when the 25 odd-numbered districts were up for election, a total of three districts were competitive, with a margin of victory of 5 percent or less.

Incumbents retiring

A total of five incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Edwin Erickson Ends.png Republican Senate District 26
Rich Kasunic Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 32
Michael Brubaker Ends.png Republican Senate District 36
Jim Ferlo Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 38
Bob Robbins Ends.png Republican Senate District 50

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate:

Pennsylvania State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 23 Pending
     Republican Party 27 Pending
Total 50 50

Qualifications

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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.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 9 (36.0%) of the 25 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of five Republicans and four Democrats are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 16 (64.0%) of the 25 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

A total of three incumbents faced primary competition on May 20. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 17 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators who faced primary competition included:

Retiring incumbents

Five incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 20 (80.0%) of the current 25 incumbents are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Republicans and two Democrats, can be found above.

Context

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.[1]

A Ballotpedia analysis of partisan balance between 1992 and 2013 shows that in the state Senate the Democratic Party was the majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate for one year while the Republicans were the majority for 21 years. In the House, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for seven years while the Republicans were the majority for 15 years.

Uncontested seats are plentiful in both chambers; six Republicans and four Democratic seats out of 25 up for election are not due to be challenged in the Senate, and 64 Republicans and 60 Democrats out of the 203 seats are unchallenged in the House.

Races to Watch

RLCC Chairman Speaker Samuel Smith (R), and the current Speaker of the House, expects Republicans to retain control of both chambers and pick up even more seats.[2] On the other hand, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa believes that Democrats have a great opportunity to take control of the Senate if Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor, holds or grows his lead over Gov. Tom Corbett in the polls.[3]

For the Senate to change from Republican control to Democratic, five seats need to change. The Senate districts being targeted by Democrats are District 6, District 12, District 16, District 26 and District 40.[4]

In District 6, Incumbent Robert Tomlinson (R) will face off against Kimberly Yeager-Rose (D) in the general election. Redrawn in 2010, district 6 now favors a generic Democrat by 4 points. Democrats have their best chance picking up a seat in District 26, where the race is open and any Democrat carries a 3-point advantage to win. John Kane Sr. (D) will face off against Thomas McGarrigle (R) in that race. In District 16, incumbent Pat Browne (R) will face off against Walter Felton Jr. (D) in the general election. Browne a well known figure in the district, has come under criticism for pushing Gov. Tom Corbett's priorities through the Senate, which may hurt his popularity in a district that favors Democrats by 4 points.[4]

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on August 19, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 2

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Christine Tartaglione
Republican Party John Jenkins

District 4

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Art Haywood
Republican Party Robin Gilchrist
Independent Ines Reyes

District 6

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Robert Tomlinson: 6,976 Approveda- Incumbent Tomlinson was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kimberly Yeager-Rose
Republican Party Robert Tomlinson

District 8

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Anthony Williams: 22,062 Approveda- Incumbent Williams was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Note: Christopher Broach withdrew from the race on March 25, 2014.

Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Anthony Williams

District 10

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Charles McIlhinney: 8,337 Approveda- Incumbent McIlhinney was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Stephen George Cickay Jr.
Republican Party Charles McIlhinney

District 12

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Stewart Greenleaf: 9,148 Approveda- Incumbent Greenleaf was first elected to the chamber in 1978.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Ruth S. Damsker
Republican Party Stewart Greenleaf

District 14

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • John Yudichak: 17,829 Approveda- Incumbent Yudichak was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party John Yudichak

District 16

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Pat Browne: 5,280 Approveda- Incumbent Browne was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on May 3, 2005.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Walter Felton Jr.
Republican Party Pat Browne

District 18

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Lisa Boscola: 11,077 Approveda- Incumbent Boscola was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Lisa Boscola

District 20

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Lisa Baker: 12,352 Approveda- Incumbent Baker was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Lisa Baker
Green Party John J. Sweeney

District 22

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • John Blake: 30,672 Approveda- Incumbent Blake was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party John Blake
Republican Party Arthur Joseph Albert

District 24

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Bob Mensch: 7,329 Approveda- Incumbent Mensch was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on September 29, 2009.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Jack Hansen
Republican Party Bob Mensch

District 26

Note: Incumbent Edwin Erickson (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party John Kane Sr.
Republican Party Thomas McGarrigle

District 28

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:

Note: Ron Miller withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Linda E. Small
Republican Party Scott Wagner

District 30

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • John Eichelberger: 19,198 Approveda- Incumbent Eichelberger was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party John Eichelberger

District 32

Note: Incumbent Rich Kasunic (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: Rose Mary Ambrosino was removed from the ballot on April 8, 2014.

Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Deberah Kula
Republican Party Patrick Stefano

District 34

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Jake Corman: 13,838 Approveda- Incumbent Corman was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Jake Corman

District 36

Note: Incumbent Michael Brubaker (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Gary Schreckengost
Republican Party Ryan Aument

District 38

Note: Incumbent Jim Ferlo (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Randy Vulakovich: 7,223 Approveda- Incumbent Vulakovich was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on August 7, 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Randy Vulakovich

District 40

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Mark Aurand
Republican Party Mario Scavello

District 42

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Wayne Fontana: 21,665 Approveda- Incumbent Fontana was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on June 14, 2005.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Wayne Fontana

District 44

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • John Rafferty: 9,491 Approveda- Incumbent Rafferty was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kathleen Cozzone
Republican Party John Rafferty

District 46

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Timothy Solobay: 19,085 Approveda- Incumbent Solobay was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Timothy Solobay
Republican Party Camera Bartolotta

District 48

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
  • Mike Folmer: 13,713 Approveda- Incumbent Folmer was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Mike Folmer

District 50

Note: Incumbent Bob Robbins (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Michael Muha
Republican Party Michele Brooks

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