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Special Election March 13th

18th U.S. Congressional District

Map of Pennsylvania with 18th Congressional district highlighted
Source: http://nationalatlas.gov, 1 Million Scale project

This special election of the 18th U.S. Congressional District uses the old 18th district lines before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new Congressional district map.


18th District Debate hosted by WTAE-TV

Candidates Rick Saccone (R) and Conor Lamb (D) took part in a debate on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

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Election News

Saccone concedes 18th district race in phone call to Lamb

Posted on March 24, 2018

Rick Saccone on Wednesday conceded last week’s special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, putting an end to an eight-day stretch of meticulous recounts and talk of a Republican challenge.

In a statement provided to the Post-Gazette from his campaign, Mr. Saccone said he spoke with Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday afternoon.

“This afternoon, I spoke to Mr. Lamb, conceding the race in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District and congratulating him on his victory,” Mr. Saccone said. “While there are less than 800 votes separating us, the people of the 18th District deserve to have a voice representing them in Congress.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/03/21/Conor-Lamb-Rick-Saccone-conceded-18-district-special-election-pa-congress/stories/201803210227

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Who’s On The Primary Ballot For U.S. House Seats In Central Pennsylvania

Posted on March 21, 2018

In Pennsylvania, candidates running in the primaries for U.S. House and Senate had to file their nomination petitions by the end of the day Tuesday. That deadline had been extended because of the legislative redistricting that took place.

In the 12th Congressional district, Democrats Mark Friedenberg, of Centre County, and Judith Herschel, of Susquehanna County, are seeking the nomination. Republicans running are Tom Marino, the incumbent from Lycoming County, along with Douglas McLinko, of Bradford County. The district includes the eastern half of Centre County and stretches from Perry County to the New York Border.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/whos-primary-ballot-us-house-seats-central-pennsylvania



U.S. Supreme Court And Federal Judges Both Reaffirm New Pennsylvania District Map

Posted on March 20, 2018

After the federal judge ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also decided to keep in place a revised map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, turning down a separate request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature.

A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/us-supreme-court-and-federal-judges-both-reaffirm-new-pennsylvania-district-map



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New U.S. Congressional Districts in Pennsylvania

On February 19, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued new district lines for the U.S. Congressional districts of Pennsylvania. The court reasoned that the new district lines are more geographically compact, moving away from the district lines that were thought to be gerrymandered. Take a look at the new map compared to the old map, along with explanations of what the changes mean for our area.

Pennsylvania Congressional District Map 2013

Current congressional districts (since 2013)

Pennsylvania Congressional District Map 2018

Court-mandated districts for 2018 elections
The court-mandated map will go into effect before the primary elections on May 15, 2018.


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Election Resources

Your vote matters! As a Pennsylvania voter you will be asked to choose a U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Attorney General, State Auditor General, and State Treasurer. We know these offices are important, but what do they actually do? How does each affect you? Kickstart your learning by watching this series of short videos.


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