A split decision on Election Day
● By Steven Hoffman
Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans expanded their hold on the U.S. Senate on an Election Day that saw very high turnout for a midterm election.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf won reelection by a wide margin, as did U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.
A record number of women won election to the U.S. Congress, including Democrat Chrissy Houlahan, who defeated Greg McCauley to win the 6th District race.
In the 13th legislative district, incumbent State Rep. John Lawrence (54 percent) fended off the challenge of Democrat Sue Walker (44 percent).
Democrat Christina Sappey unseated incumbent Republican State Rep. Eric Roe in the 158th District, winning 53 percent to 47 percent.
Incumbent Republican Steve Barrar is returning to Harrisburg after a narrow victory over Democrat challenger Anton Andrew in the 160th legislative district. Andrew had a strong showing, pulling in 48.51 percent of the vote. He was boosted by a particularly strong showing in Chester County, where he out-polled Barrar. But most of the 160th legislative district is in Delaware County, where Barrar secured the margin of victory.
Voter turnout in Chester County was 66 percent, significantly above what would be expected during a midterm election.
All election results are unofficial until the votes are certified.
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