Republicans in Pennsylvania gain a state government trifecta

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November 12, 2010

By Greg Janetka

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: On November 2 Pennsylvania voters handed over control of the Governorship and state House to Republicans, effectively giving them a trifecta in state government. A "trifecta" is when one political party holds a majority in both legislative chambers, along with the governorship. Republicans held onto the majority in the state Senate that they had going into the election.


See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2010

Incumbent Democratic Governor Ed Rendell was term-limited in 2010, leaving an open seat. Voters handed the seat to Republican Attorney General of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett. He defeated Democrat Dan Onorato, who serves as Chief Executive of Allegheny County.

With 99.90% of districts reporting, unofficial results are as follows:[1]

2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Dan Onorato 45.5%
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Corbett 54.5%
Total Votes 3,933,881


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

25 of Pennsylvania's 50 senate districts were up in 2010. The partisan makeup remained unchanged, with Republicans holding a 10 seat majority. None of the seats changed party hands.

Pennsylvania State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 20 20
     Republican Party 30 30
Total 50 50


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pennsylvania'a 203 House districts were all up for grabs in 2010. Republicans gained 16 seats, including 11 from incumbent Democrats and 5 in districts where the incumbent Democrat chose not to run for re-election.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 104 91
     Republican Party 98 112
     Vacancy 1 -
Total 203 203

The following incumbent Democrats were defeated by Republicans:

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