GOP Sweeps Special Elections In Pa — Republicans, yesterday, March 17, won all three special elections for vacated State House seats leaving them with a 110-93 majority in that chamber.
All seats had been held by Republicans.
Kathleen C. Tomlinson beat union plumber Harold Hays by 10 points (unoffically) in the 18th District. It had been held by Gene DiGiorlamo who left after winning a seat on the Bucks County Commissioners. The district went for Hillary Clinton by 9 points in 2016 according to National GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Ms. Tomlinson is the daughter of state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-6), who we have written about on occasion.
Eric Davanzo, a union carpenter, won the the race in the solid Republican 8th District beating Democrat Robert Prah Jr. by 12 points (unofficially). Prah ran conservatively as a veteran, educator, volunteer firefighter and former mayor of Smithton. He still lost big. The district in Mercer and Butler counties had been been represented by Ted Nesbit who stepped down after winning a seat on the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas.
Tim Bonner routed (50 points, unofficially) Democrat Phil Heasley in the 58th District. The seat had been held by Justin Walsh who left after winning election to Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas.
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Rematches are expected in the Nov. 3 General Election for full terms for all three seats.