Election 2022 updates: Dems look to take Pa. state House

Follow along for the latest results and election developments.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Leanne Krueger makes an announcement in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 2022.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Leanne Krueger makes an announcement in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 2022. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

What you should know

Williams maintains lead over Spahr in suburban house race. Still too early to call

Left: Pa. state Rep. Craig Williams (Campaign)
Right: Democratic candidate Cathy Spahr (via Spahr campaign)

Left: Pa. state Rep. Craig Williams (Campaign) Right: Democratic candidate Cathy Spahr (via Spahr campaign)

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Craig Williams is leading by nearly 500 votes in the race to represent the 160th state House district, according unofficial election results from the Associated Press as of early Wednesday evening.

However, the district that stretches across parts of Chester and Delaware counties is still too close to call.

Democrat Cathy Spahr campaigned on protecting abortion rights and calling her opponent “too extreme” for their district.

Williams campaigned on a platform that focused on his successes in the state legislature as a politician who helped bring funding to the area.

» RELATED: Cartwright keeps U.S. House seat Democratic in Pennsylvania

 

Fewer than 30 votes separate Stephens and Cerrato in 151st state House district

Rep. Todd Stephens and Melissa Cerrato

Rep. Todd Stephens (left) and Melissa Cerrato, candidates to represent Pa.'s 151st district. (GK Visual; Melissa Cerrato campaign)

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Todd Stephens and Democratic challenger Melissa Cerrato at a near tie in the 151st state House district in Montgomery County, according to unofficial election results from the Associated Press.

Fewer than 30 votes separate the two candidates in the highly competitive race.

Abortion was a major point of contention in the race, even though both candidates are supportive of abortion rights.

While there were expectations of a red wave on Election Day, Democrats in Pennsylvania earned several key victories in the gubernatorial race and the U.S. Senate race.

The party is confident that they will take back control of the state House for the first time in more than 10 years — once all the votes are counted. Democrats pointed to gains in the suburbs as the reason for their success.

» RELATED: Bucks County state House race separated by only 2 votes

Delaware elects most diverse General Assembly, including a Miss America contestant

Two women smile in separate headshot photos.

State Rep. Kendra Johnson (left) and newcomer Sophie Phillips, the 2021 Miss Delaware, are part of Delaware's most racially diverse General Assembly. (Courtesy of Johnson and Phillips)

Tuesday’s election brought nine new faces to the 62-member General Assembly, and gives Democrats a slightly larger margin than their already formidable advantage. Here are the unofficial results for all Delaware races.

Among the new faces in Dover is Sophie Phillips, who represented Delaware in the Miss America pageant last year. The Democratic environmental justice advocate will represent the Bear and New Castle areas in the state House of Representatives.

Phillips, who is multiracial, will also be a member of the Legislative Black Caucus in Delaware’s most racially diverse General Assembly.

The caucus now has 16 members, up from 12 in the current House and Senate. Just five years ago, only four members were Black.

» RELATED: Delaware elects most diverse General Assembly, including a Miss America contestant

Newtown Ambulance Squad gets lifeline after Newtown Township vote

A Newtown, Bucks County, ambulance. The ambulance squad that serves Newtown Borough and Newtown Township in Bucks County is facing the same financial issues as other emergency medical services across the Philadelphia suburbs and the commonwealth. (Courtesy of Newtown Ambulance Squad)

A Newtown, Bucks County, ambulance. The ambulance squad that serves Newtown Borough and Newtown Township in Bucks County is facing the same financial issues as other emergency medical services across the Philadelphia suburbs and the commonwealth. (Courtesy of Newtown Ambulance Squad)

Newtown Township residents voted to raise property taxes to fund the Newtown Ambulance Squad.

Unofficial election results from Bucks County Wednesday morning showed 57.48% of votes in support, and 42.52% votes opposed.

Newtown Township will now increase property taxes by 0.5 mills, an idea that the Newtown Ambulance Squad (NAS) proposed to the township.

Evan Resnikoff, chief of operations for Newtown Ambulance and president of the Bucks County EMS Chiefs’ Association, said the funds are necessary for the organization’s survival.

» RELATED: Newtown Township will raise property taxes to fund the Newtown Ambulance Squad

Dems could take Pa. House for first time a decade; key races in Philly suburbs

Pennsylvania state Rep Joanna McClinton

Pennsylvania state Rep Joanna McClinton makes an announcement in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 2022. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Democrats may take control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the first time since 2010 after the first general election under a newly redistricted legislative map.

Republicans have controlled both chambers in Harrisburg since 2011, and the state Senate has been majority-Republican since 1994.

Many legislative races were close through election night, but on Wednesday afternoon House Democratic leaders preemptively declared victory and started celebrating, with Rep. Leanne Krueger declaring, “We can confidently say Democrats will win the majority in the state House.”

» RELATED: Dems could take Pa. House for the first time a decade, with key races in Philly suburbs

What’s the status of mail ballots in Philly and its suburbs?

A mail ballot is flattened after it is removed from its secrecy envelope at the Philadelphia County Ballot Processing Center on Nov. 8, 2022.

A mail ballot is flattened after it is removed from its secrecy envelope at the Philadelphia County Ballot Processing Center on Nov. 8, 2022. (Emily Cohen for WHYY)

Thousands of residents in Philadelphia and its suburbs cast their votes by mail in this midterm election, despite a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued just seven days earlier that invalidated undated or misdated mail ballots.

County boards of elections were still counting votes as of Wednesday morning.

Philadelphia received a total of 133,968 mail and absentee ballots, according to the Philadelphia County Board of Elections. About 98,440 votes (73%) have been tallied.

Chester County has counted nearly 65% of the 69,222 mail ballots it received, as of 10:21 a.m.

About 56,931 mail and absentee ballots were returned in Delaware County. Officials say they don’t yet have final counts, but preliminary election results show that at least 47,416 votes by mail were included in election results posted so far.

In Montgomery County, 118,224 mail and absentee ballots were returned to election officials. As of 1:40 a.m., about 113,893 (96%) of those ballot votes have been counted. The remaining 4,331 ballots are pending evaluation.

According to the Bucks County Board of Elections, the county received back 87,478 mail and absentee ballots by the filing deadline Tuesday night. Officials say counts have not yet been finalized, but election results show that at least 85,815 votes by mail were included in election results so far.

County election officials say mail ballot counts will be updated throughout the day.

Democrat Matt Cartwright wins U.S. House race in Northeast Pa.

An upclose portrait of someone.

File photo: Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., from Pennsylvania's 8th U.S. Congressional District, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol building, in Washington, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Five-term U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, won a reelection bid in Pennsylvania over conservative activist and former Trump administration appointee Jim Bognet, while election lawyer Chris Deluzio, also a Democrat, won an open U.S. House seat north of Pittsburgh.

The results in the Scranton-based district echoed those from two years ago, when Bognet lost by less than 4 percentage points to Cartwright.

Democrats holding that seat in a region where the GOP has been making gains in recent years resonates in Washington, as President Joe Biden spent his early childhood in Scranton.

» RELATEDCartwright keeps U.S. House seat Democratic in Pennsylvania

Only 2 votes separate Moffa and Hogan in Bucks County state House race

On the left, Mark Moffa poses. On the right, Joe Hogan poses.

Mark Moffa (left) and Joe Hogan, candidates for Pa.'s 142nd state House district. (Mark Moffa campaign; Joe Hogan campaign)

There are a handful of Pennsylvania House races that could determine the balance of power in the chamber. One of those is the 142nd state House district race in Bucks County between Democrat Mark Moffa and Republican Joe Hogan.

Moffa is leading with only two votes, according to preliminary election results Wednesday afternoon. He has 15,095 votes to Hogan’s 15,093.

Earlier in the day, Hogan held a 3-vote lead.

» RELATEDBucks County state House race separated by only 2 votes

GOP closing in on House win; Senate control up for grabs

A voter walks to cast their ballot as another fills his out at the Eleanor Boathouse polling place on the Southside of Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

A voter walks to cast their ballot as another fills his out at the Eleanor Boathouse polling place on the Southside of Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Republicans were closing in Wednesday on a narrow House majority while control of the Senate hinged on tight Arizona, Nevada and Georgia races in a midterm election that defied expectations of sweeping conservative victories driven by frustration over inflation and President Joe Biden’s leadership.

John Fetterman’s success in flipping Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate seat lifted Democratic hopes of maintaining control of the chamber. Republicans found a bright spot in Wisconsin, where Sen. Ron Johnson’s victory raised the stakes of races where results were unclear and vote counting continued.

» RELATED: Dems show surprising strength; control of Congress unclear

Westtown Twp. residents support tax increases to save Crebilly Farm

Crebilly Farm

Crebilly Farm has drawn the attention of developers for years. (Billy Kyle)

Westtown Township residents have voted to save the historic Crebilly Farm.

The 312- acre piece of land is one of the largest open spaces in Chester County. It was the setting of the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War.

But fights between construction companies and the citizens of Westtown threatened its survival.

About 66% of Westtown Township voters approved slight increases in earned income and property taxes to give the township revenue to preserve open space, according to unofficial results from Chester County.

» RELATEDWesttown Township residents support tax increases to save Crebilly Farm

Yardley residents vote against reducing borough council size

Yardley Community Center

Yardley Community Center. (Google Maps)

Yardley Borough residents voted against reducing the size of Yardley Borough Council from seven members to five.

Nearly 58% of Yardley voters said “no” to a ballot question asking if they wanted to cut the size of the council.

Resident Earl Markey III asked the Bucks County court in August to certify the ballot question after he got 150 people to sign a petition in support of his proposal.

» RELATEDYardley residents vote against reducing the size of borough council

Fetterman declares victory

Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman waves as he walks on stage during a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman waves as he walks on stage during a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has declared victory in the race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat.

It’s one of the most closely watched races of the 2022 midterms, as it will likely determine which party controls the Senate.

Tom Macdonald and Cory Sharber report.

Josh Shapiro wins Pennsylvania governor’s race

Josh Shapiro gestures in front of an American flag

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, the state's attorney general, attends an election night event, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Oaks, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro has defeated Republican candidate Doug Mastriano in the race to become Pennsylvania’s next governor.

“Thank you, Pennsylvania!” Shapiro said as he took the stage at his watch party in Oaks, Montgomery County, around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

“Voters from Gen Z to our seniors — people from all different walks of life — have given me the honor of a lifetime … to serve you as Pennsylvania’s next governor,” he said.

WHYY’s Kenny Cooper has more details.

Democrat Madeleine Dean wins reelection to U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Democrat Madeleine Dean wins reelection to U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District.

City Council has four new members, as Vaughn, Harrity, Lozada, and Phillips win special elections

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

The councilmembers-elect will take office later this month, replacing those who resigned to run for Philly mayor.

Asha Prihar reports.

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