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PENNSYLVANIA

pennsylvaniaPopulation: 12,802,503 (2015)

Filing deadline: February 16, 2016.

Primary: April 26, 2016.

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Pennsylvania (D+1) is a swing state, described by famous Democratic political operative James Carville as “Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Alabama in between”. It is 82% White and 10% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 20. Penn­syl­vania is regarded as a moderately Democratic state in Pre­si­dent­ial elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Demo­crat, 1 Republican.

Bob Casey Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Casey Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Bob Casey Jr (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Finance, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: Bob Casey Jr
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer, State Auditor and State Treasurer Bob Casey (b.1960) first defeated an incumbent Republican in 2006. He was re-elected with 54% in 2012.

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Pat Toomey. (Pic: Congress)

Pat Toomey. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Pat Toomey (R)
Committees: Finance, Budget, Banking.

Democratic nomineeKatie McGinty
Republican nominee: Pat Toomey

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Businessman Pat Toomey (b.1961) served three terms in the House before barely losing a primary to then US Senator Arlen Specter. He then chaired the fiscally conservative lobby group Club for Growth from 2005 to 2009. Toomey won an open Senate seat with 51% in 2010. The Democrats nominated former environmental secretary and CoS to Governor Tom Wolf, businesswoman Katie McGinty.

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Representatives: 18 Representatives; 5 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Bob Brady. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Brady. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Bob Brady (D)
Committees: Administration (Ranking), Armed Forces.

Democratic nominee: Bob Brady
Republican nominee: Deborah Williams

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (D+28) covers most of Philadelphia along the Delaware river and is 47% White, 32% Black and 13% Hispanic. Carpenter and trade union activist Bob Brady (b.1945) was first elected in a special election in 1998 and took 83% in 2014. The GOP is running Minister and activist Deborah Williams.

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District 2 Representative: Chaka Fattah (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeDwight Evans
Republican nomineeJames Jones

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, August 31, 2016:
The District (D+38) covers most of the rest of Philadelphia, mainly Black areas. It is 32% White and 56% Black. State Senator Chaka Fattah (b.1956) was first elected in 1994 and took 88% in 2014. He was convicted of corruption and fraud and has resigned. He was defeated in the primary by State Representative Dwight Evans. The GOP is running veteran and HR consultant James Jones.

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Mike Kelly Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Kelly Jr. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Mike Kelly Jr (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Mike Kelly Jr

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+8) the northern half of western Pennsylvania, including the Lake Erie shoreline. It is 93% White. Businessman Mike Kelly (b.1948) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and took 61% in 2014.

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Scott Perry. (Pic: Congress)

Scott Perry. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Scott Perry (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Scott Perry

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+9) covers the south central parts of the state, including Gettysburg and most of Harrisburg. It is 86% White. Businessman and State Representative Scott Perry (b.1962) was first elected in 2012 and took 75% in 2014.

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Glenn Thompson. (Pic: Congress)

Glenn Thompson. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Glenn Thompson (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Education.

Democratic nomineeKerith Strano Taylor
Republican nominee: Glenn Thompson

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+8) lies in the northwestern and northern central parts of the state. It is 94% White. Businessman Glenn Thompson (b.1959) was first elected in 2008 and took 64% in 2014 against lawyer Kerith Strano Taylor, who is trying again.

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Ryan Costello. (Pic: Congress)

Ryan Costello. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Ryan Costello (R)
Committees: Transportation, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeMike Parrish
Republican nomineeRyan Costello

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+2) covers suburbs west and northwest of Philadelphia and is 88% White. Lawyer and County Commissioner Ryan Costello (b.1976) held it for the GOP with 56% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Mike Parrish.

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Pat Meehan. (Pic: Congress)

Pat Meehan. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Pat Meehan (R)
Committees: Ethics, Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeMary Ellen Balchunis
Republican nominee: Pat Meehan

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+2) covers western suburb of Philly and is 88% White. Lawyer Pat Meehan (b.1955) was first elected in 2010 and took 62% in 2014 against ex-professor Mary Ellen Balchunis, who is running again.

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Mike Fitzpatrick. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Fitzpatrick. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Mike Fitz­pat­rick (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeSteve Santarsiero
Republican nomineeBrian Fitzpatrick

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+1) covers northern suburbs of Philly. It is 88% White. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mike Fitz­pat­rick (b.1963) was first elected in 2004, but lost in 2006. He then made a comeback in 2010 and took 62% in 2014. He is not seeking re-election in 2016, and the GOP nominated his brother, former FBI-agent Brian Fitzpatrick. The Democrats nominated State Representative Steve Santarsiero.

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Bill Shuster. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Shuster. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Bill Shuster (R)
Committees: Transportation (Chair), Armed Forces.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Bill Shuster

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+14) lies in southwestern Pennsylvania, and includes Altoona. It is 95% White. Businessman Bill Shuster (b.1960) took over the seat from his father in a special election in 2011 and took 64% in 2014. His close ties to transportation lobbyists almost cost him the nomination, both in 2014 and in 2016.

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Tom Marino. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Marino. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Tom Marino (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Tom Marino

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+12) covers the northeastern corner and central parts of the state. It is 93% White. Lawyer Tom Marino (b.1952) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and took 63% in 2014.

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Lou Barletta. (Pic: Congress)

Lou Barletta. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Lou Bar­letta (R)
Committees: Education, Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeMichael Marsicano R
epublican nominee
: Lou Bar­letta

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+6) lies in the central and eastern parts of the state and includes parts of Harrisburg. It is 90% White. Businessman Lou Bar­letta (b.1956) lost twice to the incumbent Democrat, but finally defeated him in 2010. He won 66% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Michael Marsicano.

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Keith Rothfus. (Pic: Congress)

Keith Rothfus. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Keith Rothfus (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeErin McClelland
Republican nominee: Keith Rothfus

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+9) lies in southwestern Pennsylvania and includes Johnstown and northern Pittsburgh suburbs. It is 94% White. Lawyer Keith Rothfus (b.1962) took it from an incumbent Democrat in 2012. He took 59% in 2014 against psychologist Erin McClelland, who is running again.

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Brendan Boyle. (Pic: Congress)

Brendan Boyle. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: Brendan Boyle (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeBrendan Boyle
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (D+14) takes in northwestern Philadelphia with suburbs and is 66% White, 16% Black, 9% Hispanic and 8% Asian. State Representative Brendan Boyle (b.1977) holdt setet for demokratene in 2014 med 67%.

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Michael Doyle. (Pic: Congress)

Michael Doyle. (Pic: Congress)

District 14
Representative: Michael Doyle (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Michael Doyle
Republican nominee: Lenny McAllister

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (D+16) includes all of Pittsburg and some suburbs. It is 75% White and 19% Black. Political advisor Michael Doyle (b.1953) was first elected in 1994 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Charlie Dent. (Pic: Congress)

Charlie Dent. (Pic: Congress)

District 15
Representative: Charlie Dent (R)
Committees: Ethics (Chair), Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeRick Daugherty
Republican nominee: Charlie Dent

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+2) lies in eastern Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. It stretches from the eastern suburbs of Harrisburg to the New Jersey border. It is 83% White and 10% Hispanic. State Representative Charlie Dent (b.1960) was first elected in 2004 and had no opponents in 2014. The Dems are running Social Services Executive and 2012 nominee Rick Daugherty.

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Joe Pitts. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Pitts. (Pic: Congress)

District 16
Representative: Joe Pitts (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineeLloyd Smucker
Republican nomineeChristina Hartman

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+4) lies in the southeastern areas, and includes Lancaster, with suburbs. It is 79% White and 13% Hispanic. Veteran and State Representative Joe Pitts (b.1939) was first elected in 1996 and took 58% in 2014, but is not running for re-election. The GOP nominated State Senator Lloyd Smucker and the Dems nominated consultant Christina Hartman.

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Matt Cartwright. (Pic: Congress)

Matt Cartwright. (Pic: Congress)

District 17
Representative: Matt Cartwright (D)
Committees: Natural Resources, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Matt Car­twright
Republican nomineeMatt Connolly

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (D+4) lies in eastern Pennsylvania and includes Scranton. It is 88% White. Lawyer Matt Car­twright (b.1961) defeated the incumbent Congressman in the 2012 primary and took 57% in 2014. The GOP nominated car racing team owner Matt Connolly, who lost the primary in 2014.

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Tim Murphy. (Pic: Congress)

Tim Murphy. (Pic: Congress)

District 18
Representative: Tim Murphy (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Tim Murphy

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The District (R+10) covers the southwestern corner of the state and includes southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. It is 95% White. State Senator Tim Murphy (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and had no opponents in 2014.

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STATE LEVEL

Tom Wolf. (Pic: State of PA)

Tom Wolf. (Pic: State of PA)

Governor: Tom Wolf (D)

Democratic nomineeTom Wolf
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Businessman Tom Wolf (b.1948) defeated an incumbent Republican in 2014 with 55%.

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Mike Stack. (Pic: State of PA)

Mike Stack. (Pic: State of PA)

Lieutenant Governor: Mike Stack (D)

Democratic nomineeMike Stack
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016: The LG is nominated separately of, but elected on a ticket with the Governor. In 2014, the Democrats nominated State Senator Mike Stack (b.1963).

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Tim Reese. (Pic: State of PA)

Tim Reese. (Pic: State of PA)

Treasurer: Tim Reese (U)

Democratic nomineeJoe Torsella
Republican nomineeOtto Voit

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The previous State Treasurer, Rob Cord resigned in early 2015, admitting to corruption. Governor Wolf appointed independent businessman Tim Reese to replace him, but Reese is not running in 2016. The Dems are running former ambassador Joe Torsella. The GOP is running businessman Otto Voit.

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Eugene DePasquale. (Pic: State of PA)

Eugene DePasquale. (Pic: State of PA)

Auditor: Eugene DePasquale (D)

Democratic nominee: Eugene DePasquale
Republican nomineeJohn Brown

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Eugene DePasquale (b.1971) was first elected in 2012 with 50%. The GOP is running County Commissioner John Brown.

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Bruce Beemer. (Pic: State of PA)

Bruce Beemer. (Pic: State of PA)

Attorney General­: Bruce Beemer (D)

Democratic nomineeJosh Shapiro
Republican nomineeJohn Rafferty

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, August 31, 2016:
Lawyer Kathleen Kane (b.1966) was first elected in 2012 with 56%, but her term has been one scandal after the other. She did not seek re-election and resigned after she was found guilty of perjury and fraud. She was replaced with Inspector General Bruce Beemer. The Dems nominated County Commissioner Josh Shapiro to replace her. The GOP nominated State Senator John Rafferty.

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State Senate: 50 (19D / 31R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 203 (83D / 120R) Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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