Skip to comments.Pennsylvania primaries could herald shift of power in U.S. House
Posted on 05/15/2018 10:23:33 AM PDT by mikelets456
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in crucial party primaries in Pennsylvania, a state that has become central to Democrats hopes of retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The state offers Democrats the opportunity to pick up as many as five seats from Republicans in congressional elections in November, analysts said. Democrats need a net total of 23 to assume the House majority, which would likely derail Republican President Donald Trumps policy agenda.
Pennsylvanias politics were thrown into turmoil earlier this year when the state Supreme Court found that the current congressional districts had been unconstitutionally tailored to favor Republicans. The redrawn map has made some districts more competitive.
In addition, six incumbent House Republicans are not running for re-election, further scrambling the races and requiring voters to become familiar with a raft of first-time candidates.
Some 81 candidates are running for 18 congressional seats, including 10 Democrats in a single race.
Democrats feel confident they can ultimately win three districts in suburban Philadelphia regardless of which candidates win their primaries on Tuesday because of the liberal tilt of those areas.
A more interesting contest comes in the northeastern district being vacated by retiring Representative Charlie Dent, one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the House.
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I love how the article states “The PA Supreme court made the districts more fair...”
No, they (PA Supreme court) illegally drew districts and told the state house too bad, it stays! Freaking cheaters!
I was in the 10th District. Now I’m in the 9th.
Fine with me because the 9th is a more rural, conservative area.
SCOTUS let them get away with this crap.
I guess “drawn by the STATE LEGISLATURE” in our Constitution no longer means “drawn by the STATE LEGISLATURE”.
That opens the door to more mischief.
Coming to your state. Soon.
Like how Reuters refers to this Charlie Dent character as “one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the House”. Let me guess, an apologist for gun control or the Iranian nuclear deal or the previous status quo on North Korea?
If Charlie Dent is a moderate then I am an rotten vermicious knid.
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