Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 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%)
Heading into the November 2 election, the GOP holds a majority of seats in the Pennsylvania senate. Of the 25 seats that are up for re-election in November, 15 of the 25 are currently held by the GOP.
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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.
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- 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.
- 6 GOP incumbents have no challenger for November 2 general election. They are Lisa Baker, 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.
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
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- Christine Tartaglione: 12,594 Incumbent Tartaglione has represented the 2nd district since 1995.
- Gary Adam Feldman: 1,942
- LeAnna Washington: 29,257 Incumbent Washington has represented the 4th district since 2005.
- W. Lamont Thomas: 4,669
- Bryan Allen: 9,516
- John Jordan: 5,619
- Robert Tomlinson: 13,988 Incumbent Tomlinson has represented the 6th district since 1995.
- Anthony Williams: 20,774 Incumbent Williams has represented the 8th district since 1999.
- Rhashea Harmon: 3,604
- Cynthia M. Philo: 14,139
- Charles McIlhinney: 16,491 Incumbent McIlhinney has represented the 10th district since 2007.
- Ruth S. Damsker: 14,232
- Stewart Greenleaf: 16,717 Incumbent Greenleaf has represented the 12th district since 1979.
- John Yudichak: 17,924
- Tom Leighton: 9,100
- Note: Incumbent Democrat Raphael Musto is not seeking re-election.
- Stephen Urban: 8,942
- Richard Orloski: 11,070
- Pat Browne: 13,030 Incumbent Browne has represented the 16th district since 2005.
- Lisa Boscola: 14,906 Incumbent Boscola has represented the 18th district since 1999.
- Matt Connolly: 8,271
- Lisa Baker: 20,176 Incumbent Baker has represented the 20th district since 2007.
- John Blake: 9,594
- 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.
- Frank Scavo: 9,315
- Bill Wallace: 11,237
- Bob Mensch: 14,922 Incumbent Mensch has represented the 24th district since 2009.
- Michael T. Farrell:13,630
- Edwin Erickson: 19,803 Incumbent Erickson has represented the 26th district since 2001.
- Mike Waugh: 22,524 Incumbent Waugh has represented the 28th district since 1999.
- John Eichelberger: 23,828 Incumbent Eichelberger has represented the 30th district since 2007.
- Rich Kasunic: 19,213 Incumbent Kasunic has represented the 32nd district since 1995.
- Ronald L. Gallo: 5,903
- Jon Eich: 12,355
- Jake Corman: 22,288 Incumbent Corman has represented the 34th district since 1999.
- Michael Brubaker: 23,459 Incumbent Brubaker has represented the 36th district since 2007.
- Jim Ferlo: 25,547 Incumbent Ferlo has represented the 38th district since 2003.
- May 18 Democratic primary result:
- Note: No Democrats qualified for the primary ballot, but DeMarco received enough write-in votes to qualify for the November 2 election.
- May 18 GOP primary result:
- Jane Orie: 22,947 Incumbent Orie has represented the 40th district since 2001.
- Wayne Fontana:24,952 Incumbent Fontana has represented the 42th district since 2005.
- May 18 Democratic primary result:
- Matt Stehman (write-in)
- Note: No Democrats qualified for the primary ballot, but Stehman received enough write-in votes to qualify for November 2 ballot.
- John Rafferty: 16,748 Incumbent Rafferty has represented the 44th district since 2003.
- Kris Vanderman: 13,948
- Jo Ellen Litz: 10,913
- Mike Folmer: 26,169 Incumbent Folmer has represented the 48th district since 2007.
- Bob Robbins:19,477 Incumbent Robbins has represented the 50th district since 1991.
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- Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee's list of 2010 state senate candidates
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- Project Vote Smart list of candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate in the November 2, 2010 election
- Official list of Pennsylvania candidates for the 2010 general elections