Guide to Down Ballot Races

Pennsylvania Races:

U.S. Senate

Winner: Pat Toomey (R)

In a Senate race that was moving in Democratic challenger Katie McGinty’s favor, incumbent Pat Toomey (R) won by over 1.5%. This can largely be attributed to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the Keystone State through huge margins in rural counties. Toomey’s reelection helped Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.

PA Attorney General

Winner: Josh Shapiro (D)

After Kathleen Kane (D), the previous PA Attorney General, was convicted of felony perjury and resigned from the office in August 2016, Democrat chances at the AG office were dim given Kane had been the first Democrat in the role since 1979. Shapiro, however, managed to defeat John Rafferty (R) by nearly 3%.

PA State Legislature

Winner: Republicans

Riding the surprise Republican wave in Pennsylvania, both chambers of the state legislature further expanded their Republican majorities. The State House added four GOP representatives, while the State Senate added 3 Republicans. The addition of Republican legislators in Harrisburg will further add to the divide between the legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf (D).

Other Key Down Ballot Races:

Wisconsin Senate: Ron Johnson (R)  won in an upset while riding Trump’s coattails in a habitually blue state.

New Hampshire Senate: Kelly Ayotte (R) was unseated by Maggie Hassan (D) in a tight race with roughly 700 votes separating the two.

North Carolina Governor: Roy Cooper (D) defeated the controversial incumbent Pat McCrory (R) in a tight race with many pointing to HB2 on transgender bathroom usage as an explanation for a Democratic win in a state Trump won.

Marijuana Legalization:

California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada ballot initiatives all were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana use. Arizona held a similar vote and the measure failed.

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