ERIE, Pa. — Republican challenger Dan Laughlin defeated Sen. Sean Wiley in the biggest local upset of the evening on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be strange wearing a suit to work and not my carhart, but I’ll adapt,” Laughlin said.
Laughlin took home 53 percent in one of the most closely watched races in Erie County.
Laughlin received 57,209 votes to Wiley’s 49,782 to win a Senate seat in the 49th District.
“I got involved because I saw Dan was the real deal,” said New York Sen. Scott Wagner who supported Laughlin’s campaign. “And we need more of the real deal in Harrisburg.”
Laughlin thanked his supporters Wednesday morning, standing out on Interchange Road waving at his supporters, much like he had done in the days and weeks running up to the election.
Laughlin said the first thing he wants to do as senator is improve the financial situation of the Erie School District.
“I’ve been the kind of guy that has worked six days a week anyway, so just throwing that extra day on there and working seven days a week since February wasn’t that much of a change around the house,” Laughlin said.
Wiley sent the following statement to Action News on Wednesday in response to Tuesday’s results.
“We will continue to provide the highest level of constituent services as we have for the last four years and be a resource in and for our community,” the statement said.
“These last four years have been a remarkable experience for us, and I say us, as this wasn’t a job to me, nor even about me. It was, and continues to be, about the people of this district and our community.” Wiley said.