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2018 General Primary Election

Primary Election vs. General Election

In Pennsylvania's primary elections, voters choose their party's nominees to run in the November general election. 

Pennsylvania holds closed primary elections, meaning you must be a registered member of a party to vote for that party's candidates. For example, you could not vote in the Republican primary unless you are a registered member of the Republican Party. The candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the primary election will be the nominee representing their respective party on the November election ballot.  

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are held on the third Tuesday of May in all years except Presidential years, when it is held on the fourth Tuesday of April. General elections are always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In preparation for these primary elections, Pennsylvanians should visit votesPA.com for comprehensive information. 


Overview of Key 2018 Races 

Gubernatorial 

Laura Ellsworth (R-Challenger) - Details >>

Laura EllsworthLaura Ellsworth has been a leader in a 2,500-person international law firm where she has fought for the innovators, employers, and family businesses who have created more than 100,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. 

Serving on more than a dozen civic organizations (including on the executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as chair of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Western Pennsylvania), Ellsworth has worked to diversify Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, reform pensions, and reduce taxes.
 

Scott Wagner (R-Challenger) -  Details > REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER 

Scott WagnerState Sen. Scott Wagner was first elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in March 2014, winning a special election to represent the citizens of the 28th Senatorial District, which includes part of York County. In November 2014, voters elected him to a four-year term.

Born and raised on a farm in York Township, Wagner is a lifelong resident of York County. A graduate of Dallastown Area High School, he started his first small business at age 20. He has since worked with and led numerous businesses, helping them to improve their operations and create economic opportunity. Wagner is currently president and owner of York-based Penn Waste Inc. and KBS Trucking in Thomasville, Pa.

Paul Mango (R-Challenger) - Details >

Paul MangoBalancing his father's advice to get a college education along with his strong calling to serve his country, Paul Mango applied and was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. One of his proudest moments was receiving his diploma on graduation day from President Ronald Reagan.

After completing Army Ranger training and jump school, Mango went on to serve as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. While in the military, Mango and his wife saved so they could continue his education. He earned a master's degree in business from Harvard, an education he deems invaluable for someone whose priorities as governor will be growing Pennsylvania's economy, creating jobs, and finding innovative ways to do more with less.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-INCUMBENT) - Details >>

Tom WolfGov. Tom Wolf (D-Incumbent)Tom Wolf was elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2014.

Before he was governor, Wolf was the owner of the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products. He bought his family’s business and grew the company, eventually more than quintupling the business in size.
When Wolf took office in 2015, among his first actions as governor were to implement a gift ban prohibiting administration employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists and reforms to legal contracting to end pay-to-play. Wolf donates his entire salary to charity and refuses a state pension.

U.S. Senate

Bob Casey (D-INCUMBENT) - Details >

Bob Casey

Bob Casey has spent two terms representing the people of Pennsylvania in the Senate, focusing on good jobs, higher wages, and fairer workplaces, and providing results for workers, women, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. He has experience and a record of successful service.

Casey has dedicated his career to serving the people of Pennsylvania, having been auditor general, state treasurer, and currently U.S. Senator. In Harrisburg, Casey focused on making government more accountable and responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians. He has worked to make nursing homes safer and protected affordable child care. He fought to reform Megan’s Law to better protect Pennsylvania’s children and communities.

Lou Barletta (R-Challenger) - Details > REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER  

Lou Barletta

U.S. Rep. Louis J. Barletta began his fourth term on Jan. 3, 2017.

He serves on three House committees: the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as chair of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee; the House Homeland Security Committee, where he serves on the Counterterrorism and Intelligence subcommittee; and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he serves on both the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, and the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee. 
Jim Christiana (R-Challenger) - Details >

Jim Christiana

Since 2008, Jim Christiana has served as a Pennsylvania state representative. He is committed to openness, transparency, and accountability at all levels of government. His track record demonstrates these ideals.

Christiana has led and supported many efforts benefitting students and the quality of their education. He’s introduced legislation with labor and industry, creating thousands of jobs across Pennsylvania, and opening the door for many more. He’s also fought to solve Pennsylvania’s biggest health care problems.

Jim and his wife Jayann live in Beaver with their son Nolan.


U.S. Congressional 

Pennsylvania has a new Congressional district map for the 2018 elections. 

Find more information about the new districts >>

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2018 PA Statewide Remedial Congressional Districts


District 1

(Toss-Up) 
New 1st is highly competitive

Incumbent 
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 

Steve Bacher (D)
Rachel Reddick (D)
Scott Wallace (D) DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER  
Dean Malik (R)

District 2

(Safe Democratic) 
New 2nd contains the eastern part of Philadelphia and is a safely Democratic seat

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-INCUMBENT)
 

Challengers 
Michele Lawrence (D) 
David Torres (R) - REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER 

District 3

(Safe Democratic) 
New district remains primarily Democratic 

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 
Kevin Johnson (D)
Bryan Leib (R) REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER 

District 4

(Safe Democratic) 
Open seat with major Democratic primary similar to former 13th District U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle represented

Incumbent
Open seat 

Challengers 
State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
Shira Goodman (D)
Joseph Hoeffel (D)
Daniel David (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 

District 5

(Safe Democratic) 
Open seat largely the same as the Delaware County seat previously occupied by U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R)


Incumbent
Open seat 

Challengers
Larry Arata (D)
State Rep. Margo Davidson (D)
Thaddeus Kirkland (D)
Richard Lazer (D)
Lindy Li (D)
Ashley Lunkenheimer (D)
Mary Gay Scanlon (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
Molly Sheehan (D)
Gregory Vitali (D)
Theresa Wright (D)
Pearl Kim (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 

District 6

(Toss-Up) 
Open seat previously occupied by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R), new district unites all of Chester County


Incumbent
Open seat 

Challengers 
Chrissy Houlahan (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER
Gregory McCauley (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 

District 7

(Toss-Up)
Open seat previously occupied by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R), new district is comprised of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, along with roughly one-third of Monroe County

Incumbent
Open seat 

Challengers 
David Clark (D) 
Rich Daugherty (D) 
Gregory Edwards (D)
John Morganelli (D)
Roger Ruggles (D) 
Susan Wild (D)  DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
Dean Browning (R)
Marty Nothstein (R)  REPUBLICAN WINNER 

District 8

(Toss-Up) 
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Incumbent), comprised of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the historical voting patterns suggest a toss-up


Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-INCUMBENT) 

Challengers 
John Chrin (R) REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER 
Robert Kuniegel (R)
Joseph Peters (R)

District 9

(Safe Republican) 
Open seat previously occupied by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R)


Incumbent

Open seat 

Challengers 
Laura Quick (D
Gary Wegman (D)
Dennis Wolff (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
George Halcovage (R)
Dan Meuser (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 
Scott Uehlinger (R)

District 10

(Toss-Up, but Likely Republican) 
Scott Perry (R-incumbent), new district includes all of the York and Harrisburg metro areas and is more Democratic than Perry's previous 4th District


Incumbent
Scott Perry (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 
Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (D)
Eric Feigl-Ding (D)
Alan Howe (D)
George Scott (D) DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER 

District 11

(Likely Republican) 
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Incumbent), new district is Lancaster-anchored, with the remaining territory shifting westward

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 
Jessica King (D) DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER 
Chester Beiler (R)

District 12

(Likely Republican)
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Incumbent), the new 12th Congressional District is a sprawling north-central Pennsylvania district that contains 13 whole counties and parts of two others  


Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers  
Marc Friedenberg (D) (DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER)
Judith Herschel (D)
Douglas Mclinko (R) 

District 13

13th Congressional (Safe Republican) 
Open seat comprised of Republican territory from six different Congressional Districts, the majority of which comes from retiring U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R)


Incumbent
Open seat

Challengers 
Brent Ottaway (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R)
State Sen. John Eichelberger (R)
Arthur Halverson (R)
Benjamin Hornberger (R)
John Joyce (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 
Douglas Mastriano (R)
Travis Schooley (R) 
Bernard Washabaugh (R) 

District 14

(Toss-Up, but Likely Republican) 
Open seat formally occupied by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R), the new 14th contains 57 percent of the former 18th, the electorate from which just elected Democrat Conor Lamb in the March 13th special election

Incumbent
Open seat 

Challengers 
Bibiana Boerio (D) DEMOCRATIC WINNER 
Thomas Prigg (D)
Adam Sedlock Jr. (D)
Robert Solomon (D)
State Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R) REPUBLICAN WINNER 
State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) 

District 15

(Safe Republican)
 U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Incumbent), contains 57 percent of the voters from Thompson’s previous 5th Congressional District

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 

Susan Boser (D)  DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER 
Wade Jodun (D)

District 16

(Likely Republican) 
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Incumbent), the new 16th hugs the Ohio border from Lake Erie all the way to the northern Pittsburgh suburbs

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-INCUMBENT)
 
Challengers
Ronald Dinicola (D) DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER 
Robert Multari (D)
Christian Rieger (D)

District 17

(Toss-Up) 
U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Incumbent), new district contains 56 percent of Rothfus’ constituency base and 20 percent of newly elected Conor Lamb’s 

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 
Conor Lamb (D- INCUMBENT former 18th Congressional District) 

District 18

(Likely Democrat)
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Incumbent), new district includes most of the city of Pittsburgh, and 76 percent of Doyle’s former constituency

Incumbent
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-INCUMBENT)

Challengers 

Janis Brooks (D)