Pennsylvania’s 18 controversially redrawn congressional districts could deliver up to a quarter of the 23 seats necessary for Democrats to recapture the House.
Republicans confront their greatest reckoning in Philadelphia’s suburban counties. New lines individually bind Montgomery County (4th district), Delaware County (5th district), and Chester County (6th district). The Democratic candidates running in these respective districts—Madeleine Dean, Mary Jo Scanlon, and Chrissy Houlahan—are almost assured victory. Scanlon would succeed Pat Meehan, a Republican who resigned following an ethics investigation probing a sexual harassment complaint.
Bob Casey, up for reelection to his third term, hails from a storied Democratic family in Scranton. His opponent, Lou Barletta, is concluding his fourth term in Congress. As a previous mayor of Hazleton, Barletta prefigured many of the issues driving Trump voters. He was also one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump.