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Here are the candidates running for Pennsylvania’s U.S. House districts in the April primary

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
February 14, 2024

All 17 members of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation are seeking reelection in 2024. Sixteen seats have at least one Democratic and one Republican candidate, and four incumbents face primary challengers in April.

Now that the deadline to file nominating petitions has passed, we have a look at who is running for Pennsylvania’s 17 U.S. House Districts in the April 23 primary. 

1st Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District)

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), who is seeking his fifth term representing the seat in suburban Philadelphia, will not be the only Republican candidate on the primary ballot in April. 

As he has in previous cycles, Fitzpatrick is one of the few incumbents facing a primary challenger. 

Despite chatter just a week ago about ending his candidacyMark Houck, an anti-abortion activist, will also appear on the Republican Party ballot alongside Fitzpatrick on April 23. 

Ashley Ehasz, an Army veteran who was the Democratic Party nominee in 2022, is the only Democrat who filed to run for the seat in 2024.

The 1st Congressional District is the only district in Pennsylvania that is represented by a Republican that President Joe Biden won in 2020.

The Cook Political ReportLarry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Inside Elections rates the race as “likely Republican.” 

2nd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District (Twitter).
 U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District.

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), who is seeking his sixth term in Congress, will be the only Democrat to appear on the ballot for his Philadelphia-based district. 

Aaron Bashir, who was the GOP nominee in 2022 for the seat, will be the only Republican on the ballot for the primary election. 

During Boyle’s 2022 reelection bid, he defeated Bashir by 51 points in the solid-blue seat.  

However, Bashir also filed paperwork to run for Pennsylvania’s 202nd District in the state House, aiming to challenge incumbent state Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia). 

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), who is running for his fifth term in Congress, faces a primary challenge in April.

 U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-3rd District)

Tracey Gordon, former Philadelphia Register of Wills, also filed paperwork to run as a Democrat. 

There is no Republican candidate in the 3rd District. 

In 2022, Evans secured 75% of the vote in a three-candidate primary before winning 95% of the vote in the general election over a candidate from the Socialist Workers Party in this reliably Democratic district. 

4th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep Madeleine Dean (D-4th District)

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), first elected to Congress in 2018, is the only Democrat to file paperwork for the 2024 primary ballot in this district.

David J. Winkler is the only Republican to file for the blue seat in the Philadelphia suburbs. 

In her most recent successful reelection bid, Dean won by 22 points over Republican Christian Nascimento.

5th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-5th District)

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), first elected to Congress in 2018, will be the only Democrat on the ballot for this suburban Philadelphia district. 

Alfeia B. DeVaughn-Goodwin and Dasha Pruett have filed to run for the Republican Party nomination.

This appears to be DeVaughn-Goodwin’s first bid for the seat, while Pruett was the GOP candidate in 2020.

Scanlon won her most recent reelection bid for the blue seat in 2022 by 30 points over Republican David Galluch.

6th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-6th District)

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), seeking her fourth term in Congress, is the only Democrat to file for the suburban Philadelphia seat. 

Neil Young, a teacher, is the only Republican candidate to file.

In 2022, Houlahan defeated Republican Guy Ciarrocchi by 16 points for this blue seat.

7th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District
 U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, (D-7th District)

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), first elected to Congress in 2018, is the only Democrat who filed to run for the purple district in the Lehigh Valley.

Kevin Dellicker, an armed forces veteran; state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- 187th District), and Maria Montero, an attorney, have filed to run for the Republican Party nomination. 

Wild’s 2022 victory was the closest congressional race in Pennsylvania. She defeated Republican Lisa Scheller by 2 points in that race.

PA-07 will be one of the most closely watched congressional races in the Keystone State in 2024. The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball have the race rated as a “toss up,” while Inside Elections has it labeled as “tilt Democratic.”

8th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District)

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), who is seeking his seventh term in Congress, will be the only Democrat on the ballot in April for the seat in Northeast Pennsylvania. 

Rob Bresnahan, a businessman, is the only Republican candidate to file. 

In 2022, Cartwright won reelection by defeating Republican Jim Bognet by 2.4 points.

Former President Donald Trump carried the current boundaries of the 8th District in 2016 and 2020, the only Democrat-represented Congressional district in Pennsylvania with that distinction. The district also includes all of Scranton, which is the boyhood home of President Joe Biden

The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball both rate the race for the 8th District as a toss-up.

9th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, (R-9th District)

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne), first elected to Congress in 2018, is the only Republican to file for this deep red district.

Amanda Waldman, who ran for the seat in 2022, is the only Democrat to file for the seat in 2024.

Meuser defeated Waldman by just under 40 points in 2022. 

10th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District)

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) is the only Republican candidate to file for the seat in south-central Pennsylvania, although he has six Democrats seeking the nomination to face off against him in November. PA-10 is the most crowded Pennsylvania Congressional primary of the 2024 cycle.

Mike O’Brien, a retired Marine; Janelle Stelson, a former longtime anchor at WGAL-TV; Blake Lynch, a former WITF executive; Shamaine Daniels, a Harrisburg City Councilwoman; Rick Coplen, an Army veteran and Carlisle School Board member; and John Broadhurst, a businessman, have all filed for the Democratic Party nomination. 

During Perry’s successful 2022 reelection bid, he defeated Daniels by 7 points.

National ratings outlets believe this will be the closest race for a Republican incumbent in Pennsylvania this cycle. The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections rate the race for the 10th Congressional District as “lean Republican.”

11th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-11th District)

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), who is seeking his fifth term in Congress, will be the only Republican candidate on the ballot in the GOP-friendly district. Jim Atkinson is the only Democrat to file for the seat.

In 2022, Smucker defeated Democrat Bob Hollister by 23 points for the seat. 

12th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Summer Lee (D-12th District)

U.S. Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny), who was first elected to Congress in 2022, is seeking a second term representing this district in western Pennsylvania. She is not the only Democratic candidate on the primary ballot in April. 

Bhavini Patel, an Edgewood Borough Councilmember, and Laurie MacDonald, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Center for Victims, have also filed paperwork to run in the primary.

The winner of the Democratic Party primary for the seat will face Republican James Hayes in the general election, since he’s the only Republican to file.

Although the deadline to file for the seat was Tuesday, the fundraising race is well underway in the district, with Lee outraising the rest of the state’s congressional delegation in the final three months of 2023

Lee earned the Democratic Party nomination in a crowded five candidate primary for the open seat in 2022 and won by 12.4 points over Republican Mike Doyle in the general election. 

13th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-13th District)

U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-Blair), first elected to Congress in 2018, is the only Republican to file in this conservative district. Beth Farnham is the only Democrat who will be on the ballot for the primary election. 

In 2022, Joyce ran unopposed for the Republican Party nomination and in the general election. 

14th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-14th District)

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Washington), who is currently serving his third term in Congress, will be the only Republican candidate on the ballot for the district in southwest Pennsylvania. 

Ken Bach and Chris Dziados are seeking the Democratic Party nomination.

In 2022, Reschenthaler was unopposed in the primary and in the general election for the red district. 

15th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican
 U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-15th District)

U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-Centre), who was first elected to Congress in 2008, will be the only Republican on the ballot this April. Zacheray Womer is the only candidate on the Democratic Party ballot for the district. 

In 2022, Thompson defeated Democrat Michael Molesevich by just under 40 points for the rural district.

16th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-16th District)

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) is seeking his eighth term in Congress, but won’t be the only Republican candidate on the primary ballot. Tim Kramer is also seeking the Republican party nomination for the seat in western Pennsylvania.

The winner of that race will likely face Democrat Preston Nouri, who is the only candidate for his party to file.

Kelly defeated Democrat Dan Pastore by just under 20 points in 2022. 

17th Congressional District

 U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District)

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-Allegheny), who was first elected to Congress in 2022, will be the only Democrat on the primary ballot. 

State Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) is the only Republican candidate to file for this battleground district in western Pennsylvania. 

During Deluzio’s successful 2022 campaign, he defeated Republican Jeremy Shafer by just under 7 points.  

The Cook Political ReportLarry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Inside Elections have the 17th Congressional District race ranked as “lean Democratic.”

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