2018 Pennsylvania General Election Guide
On Nov. 6, 2018, Pennsylvanians go to the polls to elect a governor and their representatives to U.S. Congress and the state General Assembly. A redrawn Congressional map and an uncertain political environment make this year’s election one of the most unpredictable in a generation.
The gubernatorial race pits two businessmen from York County. Incumbent Tom Wolf (D) is being challenged by businessman and former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R). Wolf is an unabashed progressive Democrat, while Wagner’s smash-mouth brand of politics is best described as Trump-like. Neither one is a career politician: both have extensive business experience and strong ties to that community, and both have a sharp vision of the direction they want to take the state.
Pennsylvania is also holding a U.S. Senate race. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D) is being challenged by mid-state Congressman Lou Barletta (R). Casey, a former state auditor general and treasurer, is seeking his third term, while Barletta, an early backer of President Trump, is the former mayor of Hazleton and four-term congressman.
Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional seats are up for grabs this year, the first under a redrawn electoral map. Republicans currently hold 12 of the 18 districts. Of note to the PICPA is Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, CPA, who faces his first reelection bid for his suburban Philadelphia seat.
In the state General Assembly, all 203 House seats and 25 of the 50 Senate seats are on the ballot. Republicans currently hold significant majorities in both chambers: 121 in the House and 33 in the Senate. Several PICPA members will be running, including Sen. Pat Browne, CPA (R-Lehigh), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rep. Keith Greiner, CPA (R-Lancaster), and Rep. Frank Ryan, CPA (R-Lebanon). Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike, Wayne), both inactive CPAs, are also seeking reelection.
In preparation for the general election, Pennsylvanians should identify their state and federal legislators via the “Find My Legislator” tool on the General Assembly's website, consult the overviews and links below for comprehensive platform information, and locate their polling place.
Overview of Key 2018 Races