Northeast Pa., Lehigh Valley re-elects Matt Cartwright, Susan Wild

Northeastern Pennsylvania returns its incumbents to Congress, with U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright and Susan Wild winning a close election.

Thursday morning, Cartwright was at 51.2% of the vote in the 8th arrondissement and Wild had 50.8% in the 7th.

The two faced off against their 2020 opponents again. Jim Bognet, a Trump administration representative at the Export-Import Bank who has worked on Republican campaigns, ran against Cartwright while Silberline CEO Lisa Scheller Manufacturing Co. and former Lehigh County Commissioner, made another run at Wild.

The competitive rematches were the last two congressional races in Pennsylvania to be called by The Associated Press. Vote totals at this point may not include all of the provisional ballots, and there is still time for overseas military and civilian ballots to arrive, but the AP is only calling a race. when it “is fully convinced that a race has been won – most simply defined as when a trailing candidate has no further path to victory.

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Cartwright led by 6,600 votes and Wild by about 4,700 Thursday morning.

“I would like to thank the voters of northeast Pennsylvania for electing me to another term as a congressman,” Cartwright said on social media after the race was called. “Whether you voted for me or not, I promise to work for you.”

Bognet campaign spokeswoman Kate Constantini said Cartwright “should take his own advice and wait for all citizens to have their ballots counted.”

Meanwhile, in the 7th Arrondissement, Scheller said on social media that she called Wild “and congratulated her on winning a very competitive race.”

Wild had declared victory earlier in the day, saying, “Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district is a truly special place and the only place I’ve ever called home. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your representative, and even more an honor to earn your trust to continue this service. I know the courage, the determination and the strength of this community. I took it with me through the halls of Congress. I will work with anyone, in either party, to improve the lives of working and middle class people in our community.

“This seat belongs to the people of our community, and so does this victory. Together, let’s continue to work to build a future worthy of the extraordinary promise of our community and our country,” his statement continued.

Democrats could still lose their majority in the House of Representatives, but the party’s wins in close constituencies like these mean a “red wave” hasn’t happened.

Cartwright remains one of the few Democrats who can win in a district that also voted for former President Donald Trump. Although Bognet often invoked the names of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Cartwright, the incumbent seemed able to maintain his own profile and a shared ticket appeal, even when running. an ad featuring a Biden voter and a Trump voter agreeing on voting for Cartwright.

Wild, whose district shifted to the right with the addition of Carbon County, has often focused on health care in her campaign, discussing her efforts to cut costs by ending the “family problem.” in the Affordable Care Act and capping insulin costs for people on Medicare.

This will be Cartwright’s sixth term and Wild’s third full term. (After former U.S. Representative Charlie Dent resigned in 2018, she won a special election to finish her term.)

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Pennsylvania House and Senate Results

Tarah Probst

As of press time Wednesday, the AP called the 189th Pennsylvania House District for Tarah Probst, a Democrat and the mayor of Stroudsburg. While some other Poconos seats have changed faces, this one also changes parties, as Probst will replace Republican State Rep. Rosemary Brown.

Brown is the new senator for the 40th district and Republican senator Lisa Baker was re-elected in the 20th.

In the House, State Representatives Maureen Madden (D-115) and Jack Rader (R-176) won re-election. The 139th District remains in Republican hands with Joseph Adams, who is currently commissioner of Wayne County.

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