A split decision on Election Day
● By Steven Hoffman
State representatives John Lawrence and Steve Barrar won reelection on Tuesday, Nov. 6, while Democrat Christina Sappey unseated incumbent Republican State Rep. Eric Roe in the most closely watched races in southern Chester County during the 2018 general election.
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.
“We made history together tonight thanks to the incredible work and dedication of our campaign's countless supporters,” said Representative-elect Houlahan in a statement. “Our success in this election proved that people of good conscience can still come together, regardless of party or politics, around long-standing Pennsylvania values of civility and service. I'm excited to get to work in Washington on behalf of all of us here in the 6th district, and I look forward to building on our success in this new Congress to address the challenges we face as a community and as a country.”
In the 13th legislative district, incumbent State Rep. Lawrence (54 percent) fended off the challenge of Democrat Sue Walker (44 percent) to earn a fifth term in the State House that will once again have a Republican majority.
Lawrence said, “I’m very proud of the campaign my team put together, and thanks to everyone who volunteered and worked so hard to deliver the win on Election Day. Thank you to every voter who came out on a cold and wet day to have their voice heard in the election. I look forward to continuing to work for our community.”
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 turnout by Democrats 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.