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Trump won this district by 6 points.
Democrat Pam Iovino wins Pa. Senate seat ...
On Tuesday, the Democrat and Navy veteran was elected to the Pennsylvania state Senate, besting Republican D. Raja in a special election after a bruising two-month campaign that garnered national attention along the way.
During the race, Ms. Iovino, 62, of Mt. Lebanon, told voters in the 37th District that her two decades-plus in the Navy and subsequent stint in the executive branch would make her the right fit for the Legislature. In the district spanning Allegheny County's western and southern suburbs and in Peters Township on Tuesday, a majority of voters endorsed that message at the polls. ...
The election, which was expected to be close and possibly decided by a few hundred votes, was officially decided when Mr. Raja conceded to Ms. Iovino by phone at around 9:30 p.m. As of 10:10 p.m., she was about 4,000 votes ahead with 94 percent of precincts counted.
At that point, Democrats in Pennsylvania got what they had hoped for: another jolt of momentum heading into the 2020 election cycle, when they'll now need just three seats to flip the Senate blue and take a chamber in what's currently a Republican-controlled Legislature. ...
With the win, Ms. Iovino will serve out the remaining year-and-a-half of Guy Reschenthaler's Senate term. Mr. Reschenthaler vacated the seat after being sworn in to Congress in January.
Ideologically, Ms. Iovino's campaign agenda was strikingly similar to the legislative priorities of the current Senate Democratic caucus. When Gov. Tom Wolf campaigned for her last week, he said a victory would strengthen the hand of those who are advocating for his agenda.
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And I was getting mail from both of them for the last several weeks on nearly a daily basis. Soooooooooo glad that's over! Nasty advertising, too. I won't miss that either. Most of the nasty was on Raja's side.
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This article rubs it in a bit...
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watc ... nnsylvania
Dem wins Trump district in swing-state Pennsylvania
Pam Iovino will represent the state Senate district that covers parts of Allegheny and Washington counties after she beat out D. Raja, a businessman who chairs the Allegheny County Republican Party.
The results are an early hint at the difficult path President Trump may face as he tries to replicate his performance in Pennsylvania in 2020. Trump took 51 percent of the vote in the suburban district as he became the first Republican to carry Pennsylvania since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
"The district is being watched because it voted overwhelmingly for the president in 2016, so we'll see how strong that foothold is," Iovino told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Democrats will now hold 22 of the 50 seats in the state Senate, compared to 26 seats held by Republicans. Two other seats are vacant.
from Addie's link:
But in last year’s midterms, the district voted for Democratic incumbents Bob Casey and Tom Wolf for U.S. senator and governor, respectively, giving losses to Republican candidates who were tied to the president’s agenda.
Ms. Iovino’s win puts Democrats within reach of winning the state Senate majority in the 2020 cycle, analysts say. The party picked up five seats in the Senate in 2018 — all in suburban districts. Four seats that are up in 2020 are currently held by Republicans in districts that Mr. Wolf and Mr. Casey won.
Two more special elections in the state Senate will be held this year, coinciding with the May 21 municipal primary.