On Nov. 3, 2020, Pennsylvanians went to the polls to elect a president, representatives to U.S. Congress, Pennsylvania row officers, and the state General Assembly. This year’s election was one of the most unpredictable in a generation. An astonishing 6.7 million of Pennsylvania’s more than 9 million registered voters went to the polls on Nov. 3. Nationwide, more than 147 million Americans, an estimated 65 percent of registered voters, went to the ballot box to elect a President. Nearly three million mail-in ballots were cast in Pennsylvania this year.
All 18 members of Pennsylvania’s delegation to Congress will be returning to Washington, D.C., in January, including CPA Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), who defeated Democratic challenger Christina Finello.
Five current or former CPAs have been re-elected including Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike), Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Lancaster), Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), and Rep. Ben Sanchez (D-Montgomery). In addition, CPA Nick Pisciottano (D-Allegheny) will be joining the group in January. Congratulations to all six members of the “PA CPA Caucus.”
Republicans in the Pennsylvania House and Senate had a favorable election night. GOP leaders in the General Assembly will be returning for the 2021-2022 session in January with slightly larger majorities in both the House and Senate. Before the election, House Republicans held a 109-93 majority (with one vacancy). Republicans gained as many as three additional seats.
Republicans defeated incumbents Rep. Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), the Democratic leader, Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D-Westmoreland), and Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-Bucks). Republicans also took the open seat in Schuylkill county held by retiring Rep. Neal Goodman (D). In that race, Republican Tim Twardzik defeated Democrat Peter Symons Jr.
Republicans did lose one House seat. In the open seat for Pennsylvania’s 152 district in Montgomery County, Democrat Nancy Guenst defeated Karen Houck (R). The seat was held by Rep. Tom Murt (R), who is retiring.
In the 50-member state Senate, Republicans currently hold a 29-21 (with one independent who caucuses with the GOP) majority. Heading into Nov. 3, Republicans had more seats to protect. While it looks as if the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbent – Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) – will not be returning, other targeted Republicans look solid in their races. Out west, Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny) has conceded her race to her challenger, Republican Devlin Robinson. In another western Pennsylvania seat, incumbent James Brewster (D-Allegheny) lost to Republican Nicole Ziccarelli.
In other much-watched state Senate races, Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) defeated Democratic challenger Janet Diaz, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) defeated Julie Slomski, and Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) defeated Democratic challenger George Scott.
In the election for Pennsylvania’s row offices, Republicans flipped two seats. Democrat Josh Shapiro was reelected for another term as attorney general. Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad for the open auditor general office, and in the upset of the election newcomer Stacy Garrity, the Republican candidate, defeated Democrat incumbent state Treasurer Joe Torsella (D).
The PICPA has indicated the winners of the state Senate and House races within downloadable Excel sheets.