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Pittsburgh Current Midterm Election Live Blog

By November 6, 2018 No Comments

11:33 p.m.

In the federal elections, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Bob Casey won the Senate seat with almost 66 percent of the vote. Democrat Conor Lamb won the 17th district’s House seat with almost 59 percent of the vote.

In the Pennsylvania state elections, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Governor Tom Wolf won the governor’s race once more with 67 percent of the vote.

Democrat Lindsey Williams has defeated Jeremy Shaffer by about 600 votes. Williams took 50.14 percent of the vote, while Shaffer took 49.14 percent in the Senate race for the 38th district. Republican Mike Turzai won the State Rep. race in the 28th district with 54 percent of the vote.

The Children’s Fund referendum did not pass, with 52 percent of voters choosing “no.”

 

11:22 p.m.

As was expected, voter turnout has seen a major jump in Allegheny County. In 2014 40.7 percent of registered voters made it to the polls in the midterm elections. In 2018, 54.7 percent of registered voters casted a ballot.

Straight party voting also saw significant changes in Allegheny County since the last midterm election. In 2014, 40 percent of republicans and 60 percent of democrats chose the straight party option. In 2018, republicans saw a decrease with 34 percent of voters choosing to vote straight party, while democrats saw and increase with 65 percent deciding to vote straight party.

 

10:08 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb is projected to win the 17th congressional district with 59 percent of the vote with 71 percent of precincts reporting. Republican Keith Rothfus has 40 percent.

In the Senate race for the 38th district, with 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Lindsey Williams’ lead against Republican Jeremy Shaffer is shrinking. Williams has 52 percent to Shaffer’s 47 percent, respectively.

Republican Mike Turzai still leads with 55 percent of the vote with 29 percent of the precincts reporting in the Pennsylvania State Representative race in the 28th district. Emily Skopov has 45 percent of the vote

 

9:56 p.m.

With 90 percent of precincts reporting, the Children’s Fund ballot initiative to amend the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter is still too close to call. The “no” votes have a little more than 51 percent, and the “yes” votes are coming in at almost 49 percent.

County Controller Chelsa Wagner is discussing the referendum live on the Pittsburgh Current Podcast.

 

9:30 p.m.

With 40 percent of precincts reporting, Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb is leading in the 17th congressional district with 61 percent of the vote. Republican Keith Rothfus has 38 percent.

In the Senate race for the 38th district, with 41 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Lindsey Williams is leading against Republican Jeremy Shaffer, 56 to 43 percent, respectively.

It’s still early in the results in the Pennsylvania State Representative race in the 28th district. Republican Mike Turzai leads with 55 percent of the vote with 18 percent of the precincts reporting. Emily Skopov has 44 percent.

 

8:54 p.m.

CNN is predicting that Governor Tom Wolf will remain in office, beating republican challenger Scott Wagner. This means that John Fetterman, current Mayor of Braddock, will be Lieutenant Governor.

Charlie’s First Bold Prediction: Sources in Butler County indicate that voter turnout was 60 percent higher in certain districts than in past years. This could bode well for the 12th district challenger, Democrat Daniel Smith, who would be taking the seat from the incumbent and notorious obstructionist, Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe.*

*Update: Metcalfe won still won. His reign of terror continues.

 

8:09 p.m.

The polls closed at 8:00 p.m. Election results are starting to come in. We’ll keep you updated with the latest results right here.  

Come down to Local Bar + Grill in South Side to see our live newsroom in action at our Election Night Watch Party with the Incline. Keep up with our live podcasts throughout the night at our Facebook page.

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