Pennsylvania is trending blue. Democrats held onto the governor’s seat, and our candidates helped flip seats in the state House and state Senate. With more state Senate seats up for election in 2020, these flips are the first step toward building the Democratic majorities we need to ensure fairly drawn districts in 2021.
Both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly remain under Republican control. Democrats flipped 13 seats in the state House and five seats in the state Senate (pending recounts) in the 2018 midterms.
PA House of Representatives
Made progress in 2018 203 seats up for election in 2020
PA State Senate
Made progress in 2018 25 seats up for election in 2020
PA Governor - Tom Wolf (D)
Incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf defeated Republican Scott Wagner and will remain governor of Pennsylvania.
Funds cut from public schools and universities
In 2011, Harrisburg Republicans made $1 billion in cuts to public education spending, creating a funding shortfall the state has been struggling to recover from since.
Hourly minimum wage
Republican committees have blocked bills in five consecutive legislative sessions that would gradually raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Governor Wolf mandated such an increase for public employees this summer, by executive order.
More votes cast for Democrats than Republicans in 2012
Pennsylvania's map has been so badly gerrymandered, the state Supreme Court threw out their congressional maps in 2018. Despite garnering a majority of votes cast in the 2012, Democrats won only 5 seats in Congress, compared to Republicans' 13.