Pennsylvania Could Really Do This?

Helen Tai

The political winds have shifted dramatically.

It’s amazing to think that less than two years after the 2016 election, the Pennsylvania State House could possibly be in play in the upcoming midterm elections. Democrats need 20 seats to flip the lower chamber, and there are currently 19 Republican-held House seats in play that were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 (including 5 open seats). Even if Democrats can’t flip 20 seats this fall, these new political conditions easily put Pennsylvania on a two-cycle path for gaining control in 2020. The potential for change has arrived for those ready to jump at the chance to make history.

This is a BIG deal in Pennsylvania political circles that cannot be overstated. Democrats in Virginia made stunning gains in their legislature in 2017, and that was without the benefit of a popular incumbent Governor to help lift the rest of the ticket; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is on the ballot in November, and his coattails could help decide several close races in favor of Democrats.

Democrats also have an embarrassment of riches in the battle for Pennsylvania’s State Senate, where only one seat is needed to break a Republican supermajority. There are seven Republican-held Senate Seats on the ballot in districts Clinton won in 2016 (including 3 open seats). There won’t be another opportunity like this in Pennsylvania’s upper chamber anytime soon; different seats will be up for re-election in 2020, and redistricting will change the landscape in 2022.

In the so-called “collar counties” surrounding Philadelphia, there are a minimum of 11 State House seats where Democratic majorities can be activated. At least two State Senate races are in the same target-rich environment. Due to the historic redistricting of Pennsylvania’s Congressional maps, there are strong undercurrents for legislative candidates in overlapping Congressional districts. 

Take action today and donate to these great candidates: 

- Lindsey Williams (State Senate)

- Maria Collett (State Senate) 

- Sara Johnson Rothman (State House) 

- Helen Tai (State House)

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