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Cartwright keeps US House seat Democratic in Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Five-year-old US Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, won a re-election bid in Pennsylvania against conservative activist and former Trump administration nominee Jim Bognet, while electoral attorney Chris Deluzio, also a Democrat, won an open seat in the US – House of Representatives won just north of Pittsburgh.

Results in the Scranton-based district matched those of two years ago when Bognet lost to Cartwright by less than 4 percentage points.

Democrats, who hold that seat in a region where the GOP has made gains in recent years, resonate in Washington when President Joe Biden spent his early childhood in Scranton.

Bognet portrayed Cartwright as one of Biden’s closest allies, while Cartwright drew on bipartisan appeal that previously helped him stay in office.

The result boosts Democrats’ hopes of retaining a majority in the US House of Representatives in January.

In another closely watched Pennsylvania congressional race, Deluzio defeated Republican businessman Jeremy Shaffer, a former Ross Township municipal commissioner who had described himself as a pragmatic problem solver.

Deluzio will represent a district made up largely of the voters who have elected Democratic US Rep. Conor Lamb to Congress for the past few terms. It became vacant for that year’s election when Lamb chose not to seek re-election in what was ultimately a failed attempt to secure his party’s US Senate nomination.

Deluzio’s campaign biography notes his involvement in efforts to form a faculty association at the University of Pittsburgh last year.

“The union lifestyle is a big deal here in western Pennsylvania,” said Deluzio campaign manager Matt Koos. “And there is no doubt that the Dobbs decision has put access to abortion at the forefront of voters.”

Shaffer had said he would position himself in Congress as “a pragmatic, common-sense problem solver” who wants term limits and impartial redistribution policies.

Pennsylvania’s delegation has been reshuffled twice in recent years — first over a court challenge and again as a result of the 2020 census — and the state has lost a seat in Congress this year because of its anemic population growth.

In another race in the Pittsburgh area, Democratic Rep. Summer Lee defeated Republican Mike Doyle to take the seat in Congress vacated by the resignation of Democratic US Rep. Mike Doyle. The identical names caused some confusion during the campaign, and Lee’s Republican challenger used the hashtag #TheRightMike.

In a speech to supporters Tuesday night, Lee nodded to that.

“If we were against a wall, every time it looked like it was going to get dark, friends would come from all over the place,” she said. “When we got into the name confusion and people started to be like, ‘What’s going on?’ We had friends.”

She said her watch party was a “scaled down thing because we went through it.”

“We had to go through ugly things to get here,” she said. “There’s a reason no black woman has ever served[in Congress]in Pennsylvania history. So I can assure you that they will not let us down. They will not give in.”

As has happened across the country, in Pennsylvania’s competitive congressional elections, Democrats emphasized support for abortion rights, and Republicans reminded voters how inflation and other economic problems are affecting their lives.

Democratic Rep. Susan Wild was seeking a third term in the state’s eastern Lehigh Valley, running against former Lehigh County Commissioner Lisa Scheller, a manufacturing company executive. Wild, a former Allentown City attorney, beat Scheller by 3.7 percentage points two years ago. The rebalance added GOP-friendly Carbon County to the map.

Wild’s campaign argued that Scheller had cut its US workforce and sent jobs abroad, while Scheller blamed voters’ economic woes on Wild’s support for issuing bills under Biden.

Elsewhere in the state, two Republican incumbents met no opposition this fall: Representatives Guy Reschenthaler south of Pittsburgh and John Joyce in a sprawling district stretching from Gettysburg to Johnstown.

This story has been corrected to delete references to the upside down seat; The district was redrawn and was previously represented primarily by a Democrat.

Learn more about the issues and factors at play in the midterms at https://apnews.com/hub/explaining-the-elections. And follow AP’s election coverage of the 2022 election at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections.

Brooke Schultz, a corps member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative, contributed. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that brings journalists into local newsrooms to cover undercover topics.

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