Midterm Election Results
By Jackson Feiner – Staff Writer
Since election day on November 8, all votes have been accounted for in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA’s 8th district, which contains the greater Scranton area, had three major elections to vote in.
The gubernatorial race was between Josh Shapiro (D) and Doug Mastriano (R). With about 95% of the votes counted; Shapiro with 56.3% of the vote is leading Mastriano who currently has 41.9%. Mastriano formally conceded the race to Shapiro on November 13.
Shapiro will succeed current governor Tom Wolf, and when sworn in, Shapiro will become the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania.
The highly anticipated Senate race between John Fetterman (D) and Mehmet Oz (R) did not disappoint in excitement. With around 95% of the votes counted; Fetterman with 51% of the vote is leading Oz who holds 46.5%.
On November 9, Oz conceded the election to Fetterman. There have been many questions circling about Fetterman’s health since he suffered a stroke in May, which sidelined him from the campaign. Nevertheless, Fetterman will be the next man-up to represent PA in the Senate.
The race for the PA-8 congressional seat was between Matt Cartwright (D) and Jim Bognet (R). With almost all the votes counted, the incumbent, Cartwright is leading with 51.3% over Bognet’s 48.7% of the votes. The Bognet campaign has yet to concede the race, but it appears likely that Cartwright will be serving his 6th term in Congress.
On a national level, Republicans are closing in on 218 seats in the House that would deliver them a majority, but multiple key races remain uncalled for. With a change of majority likely to occur in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California’s 20th district will be the next Speaker of the House. Democrats will retain a slim majority in the Senate, with close victories in Arizona and Nevada. While Georgia’s Senate contest is headed for a runoff on December 6.