Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

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Elections for the office of Pennsylvania's State Senate will be held in Pennsylvania on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in all even numbered districts will be on the ballot in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2010. The primary election day was May 18, 2010.

In Pennsylvania, senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

The incumbent senator is running for re-election in 22 of the 25 districts. (88%)

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

Partisan composition

Heading into the November 2 election, the GOP holds a majority of seats in the Pennsylvania senate, by a margin of 29-20. Of the 25 seats that are up for re-election in November, 15 of the 25 are currently held by the GOP.

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 27
Total 50


Campaign contributions

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
2008 65 $24,543,650
2006 63 $14,917,052
2004 52 $12,825,488
2002 55 $14,065,748

Incumbency analysis

  • The incumbent is not running for re-election in 3 of the 25 seats up for election in November.
  • 3 incumbent Democrats face a primary opponent (Districts 4, 8 and 32) and no GOP incumbents face primary opposition, which means that in the 22 seats where an incumbent seeks re-election in 2010, only 14% of those incumbents had a primary challenger.
  • 7 GOP incumbents have no challenger in either the May 18 primary or the November 2 general election. They are Lisa Baker, Mike Waugh, John Eichelberger, Michael Brubaker, Jane Orie, John Rafferty and Bob Robbins.
  • 2 Democratic incumbents have no challenger in either May or November. They are Jim Ferlo and Wayne Fontana.
  • Democratic incumbent LeAnna Washington has a primary opponent but no Republican is in the race come November.

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.

Current partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 27
Total 50


List of candidates

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District 2

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

District 4

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • LeAnna Washington: 29,257 Approveda Incumbent Washington has represented the 4th district since 2005.
  • W. Lamont Thomas: 4,669
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans are seeking election.

District 6

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Robert Tomlinson: 13,988 Approveda Incumbent Tomlinson has represented the 6th district since 1995.

District 8

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Anthony Williams: 20,774 Approveda Incumbent Williams has represented the 8th district since 1999.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

District 10

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Charles McIlhinney: 16,491 Approveda Incumbent McIlhinney has represented the 10th district since 2007.

District 12

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Stewart Greenleaf: 16,717 Approveda Incumbent Greenleaf has represented the 12th district since 1979.

District 14

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:

Note: Incumbent Democrat Raphael Musto is not seeking re-election.

Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

District 16

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Pat Browne: 13,030 Approveda Incumbent Browne has represented the 16th district since 2005.

District 18

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Lisa Boscola: 14,906 Approveda Incumbent Boscola has represented the 18th district since 1999.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

District 20

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat is seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Lisa Baker: 20,176 Approveda Incumbent Baker has represented the 20th district since 2007.

District 22

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • John Blake: 9,594 Approveda
  • Charles Volpe: 8,871
  • Christopher Doherty: 8,084
  • Jim Wansacz: 8,038
  • Joseph Corcoran: 7,410
  • Christopher Phillips: 1,604

Note: Incumbent Democrat Robert Mellow is not seeking re-election in 2010.

Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

Frank Scavo: 9,315 Approveda

District 24

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Bob Mensch: 14,922 Approveda Incumbent Mensch has represented the 24th district since 2009.

District 26

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Edwin Erickson: 19,803 Approveda Incumbent Erickson has represented the 26th district since 2001.

District 28

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Mike Waugh:22,524 Approveda Incumbent Waugh has represented the 28th district since 1999.

District 30

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • John Eichelberger: 23,828 Approveda Incumbent Eichelberger has represented the 30th district since 2007.

District 32

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Rich Kasunic: 19,213 Approveda Incumbent Kasunic has represented the 32nd district since 1995.
  • Ronald L. Gallo: 5,903
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans are seeking election.

District 34

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Jake Corman: 22,288 Approveda Incumbent Corman has represented the 34th district since 1999.

District 36

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Michael Brubaker: 23,459 Approveda Incumbent Brubaker has represented the 36th district since 2007.

District 38

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Jim Ferlo: 25,547 Approveda Incumbent Ferlo has represented the 38th district since 2003.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans are seeking election.

District 40

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Jane Orie: 22,947 Approveda Incumbent Orie has represented the 40th district since 2001.

District 42

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Wayne Fontana:24,952 Approveda Incumbent Fontana has represented the 42th district since 2005.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans are seeking election.

District 44

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • John Rafferty: 16,748 Approveda Incumbent Rafferty has represented the 44th district since 2003.

District 46

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:

Note:Incumbent Democrat Barry Stout is not seeking re-election in 2010.

Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:

District 48

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Mike Folmer: 26,169 Approveda Incumbent Folmer has represented the 48th district since 2007.

District 50

Democratic PartyMay 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats are seeking election.
Republican PartyMay 18 GOP primary result:
  • Bob Robbins:19,477 Approveda Incumbent Robbins has represented the 50th district since 1991.

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