Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Brendan Boyle Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Allyson Schwartz Democratic Party
Allyson Schwarz.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th congressional district of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Allyson Schwartz (D), who was first elected in 2004. Schwartz is seeking the office of Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014, therefore she will have to vacate her seat in the U.S. House rather than run for re-election.

Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania and includes northeast Philadelphia. It also includes portions of Bucks and Montgomery counties.[6]


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May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races that were showing early promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. The 13th District was included in their list. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans held thirteen.

The 13th District seat was held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz vacated her seat in 2014 because she ran for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R).[17]

Democratic primary - U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Poll Marjorie Margolies Brendan BoyleDaylin LeachValerie ArkooshMargin of ErrorSample Size
Global Strategy Group (internal poll)
August 13-15, 2013
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Democratic Party Marjorie Margolies

Democratic Party Daylin Leach

  • The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses[19]
  • The United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)[20] [18]

Democratic Party Brendan Boyle

  • Boilermakers union[18]

Democratic Party Valerie Arkoosh

  • The Women's Campaign Fund[18]

District history


The 13th congressional district of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Allyson Schwartz won re-election in the district.[21]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Schwartz Incumbent 69.1% 209,901
     Republican Joe Rooney 30.9% 93,918
Total Votes 303,819
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Schwartz won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Carson Dee Adcock in the general election.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Schwartz Incumbent 56.3% 118,710
     Republican Carson Dee Adcock 43.7% 91,987
Total Votes 210,697

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See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  8. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Political judo: Marjorie Margolies turns weakness to strength," May 31, 2013
  9. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress," April 8, 2013
  10. PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
  11. PoliticsPA, "Arkoosh files for Congress in Schwartz' seat," March 14, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Cohen for the Middle Class Termination Report," accessed November 11, 2013
  13. PoliticsPA, "Green For Congress? Cohen? More Names Join PA-13 Conversation," March 7, 2013
  14. PoliticsPA, "PA-13: Arkoosh Nets $218K in 2 Weeks," April 10, 2013
  15. Philly Record, "POLS ON THE STREET: Will Primary Contests Help Dems Or Hurt Them?," accessed December 30, 2013
  16. Campaign website, "About", accessed January 6, 2014
  17. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor," April 8, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 PoliticsPA, "PA -13: Hoyer backs Margolies," June 24, 2013
  19. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: Pennsylvania Nurses Endorse Daylin Leach for Congress," June 17, 2013
  20. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: UAW Endorses Daylin Leach for Congress," May 29, 2013
  21. Politico "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"