Some big victories for Democrats in the state’s big races with Governor Wolf and Senator Casey winning re-election. But, at the State Capitol, Republicans held on to their majorities. So, how will this affect things moving forward?
Republicans in Pennsylvania’s capital seemed to be able to hold off the ‘blue wave’ on Tuesday night, maintaining control of the State House and Senate.
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Jason Gottesman tells us, “We have a lot of things that we’re very happy about from last night. And a lot of things we can build off of.”
But, their majorities have been diminished, Democrats netting 11 seats in the House. Republicans also lost four Senate seats, losing their veto-proof majority.
Gottesman says, “I think we are going to have a cohesive Republican legislative team, that is focused on making sure that we have a pro-growth agenda. And standing up to America’s most liberal Governor, Tom Wolf.”
But Governor Wolf, and Democrats as a whole, proved to be popular in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties.
Jim Lee, with Susquehanna Polling and Research, says, “Wolf won those counties combined by 328,000 votes over Wagner.”
Those suburbs, also where Democrats picked up the majority of their state House and Senate seats. Lee says it’s becoming harder and harder for even moderate Republicans to get elected there. “All four counties are really trending Democrat. Partly because the kind of voters there now are very, very progressive on social issues.”
Moving forward, Lee believes Republicans maintaining a majority keeps Governor Wolf from having a mandate, but their smaller majority will change things. “That creates an advantage for Wolf, in terms of leveraging things that he wants to accomplish in his next term because Democrats will have more influence.”
–Matt Heckel, JET 24 Action News