Election Update: Who Won What During Tuesday Primaries
Seated poll workers outside Berean Bible Church in Lower Pottsgrove (at top) say goodbye to voters Tuesday as they left the polling place there
HARRISBURG PA – Here’s an overview of results from Pennsylvania’s 2022 primary election, held across the state Tuesday (May 17, 2022). All results listed are provided by the state Department of State election portal as of Wednesday at 6 a.m., and are considered unofficial until verified.
U.S. Senate race
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, his last-minute hospitalization due to a stroke notwithstanding, won the Democrat primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Sen. Patrick Toomey. Fetterman defeated closest rival Connor Lamb by more than 375,000 votes. Fetterman carried Montgomery, Berks and Chester counties.
The drama in the race is on the Republican ballot where, as of Wednesday morning (May 18), candidates Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are currently separated by fewer than 1,500 votes with Oz in the lead. Election observers said a recount seems likely, and legal challenges may be possible. Come-from-behind candidate Kathy Barnette placed third.
Barnette led in Montgomery County, with 34.58 percent of the Republican vote, compared to 28.54 percent for Oz and 23.95 percent for McCormick. Oz beat Barnette in Berks County by only 171 votes and 30.67 percent of the total. McCormick won Chester County with 31.95 percent of the vote, followed by Oz and Barnette, respectively.
Lacking Democrat opposition, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a former Montgomery County commissioner, received more than 1.1 million votes statewide.
In the nine-candidate Republican primary, Trump-endorsed candidate Doug Mastriano won with 44.14 percent of the vote, followed by Lou Barletta (20.39 percent) and Bill McSwain (15.63 percent). Mastriano led the pack in Montgomery and Berks counties, but McSwain, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, led Chester County with 37.21 percent.
Pennsylvania lieutenant governor
Unlike Shapiro his announced running mate for lieutenant governor – Austin Davis – had two competitors for the seat. Davis beat both, accumulating more than 63 percent of Democrats’ support and led in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties.
Running in the Republican primary, Carrie DelRosso led statewide against eight competitors with 25.88 percent of the return and more than 306,000 votes. Richard Saccone was second, with 15.63 percent, and Theodore Daniels with 12.28 percent. In Montgomery and Chester counties, Clarice Schillinger led with 45.27 and 23.16 percent, respectively, of the party’s support; Saccone led Berks with 26.27 percent.
4th Congressional District
In the 4th Congressional District that includes parts of Montgomery and Berks counties, Democrat incumbent Madeleine Dean Cunnane was unopposed in the primary and received more than 86,000 votes.
On the Republican side, Sergio Christian Nascimento received a combined total of more than 39,000 votes and won both the primary and a majority of Montgomery County voters. Daniel L. Burton Jr. received a total of more than 14,000 votes, and won a majority of voters in Berks County.
5th Congressional District
Both parties’ primary candidates were unopposed in the 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of Montgomery and Chester counties. Incumbent Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon received a total of 14,095 primary votes; Republican challenger David Lewczyk Galluch, 4,030 primary votes.
6th Congressional District
Democrat incumbent Christina Houlahan had no primary opposition, and received 60,809 total party votes in the primary across parts of Chester and Berks counties.
The Republican primary was a four-way race. Guy Louis Ciarrocchi won it with a total of 20,263, and also won the majority of Chester County votes. He was followed in second place by Stephen Fanelli with 18,896 total votes, Ronald Christopher Vogel in third place with 12,630 total votes as well as the majority of votes in Berks County, and Regina Mauro with a total of 8,523 votes.
State 24th Senate District
Long-time state 24th District Sen. Bob Mensch is retiring, which set up contested primaries in both parties across parts of Montgomery and Berks counties to select candidates as his hopeful successor.
On the Republican side, incumbent state 147th House District Rep. Tracy Pennycuick was opposed for the nomination by David Moyer. Pennycuick received a combined 14,940 votes, and included in it a majority of those eligible in Montgomery County. Moyer received a combined 4,606 votes, including a majority in Berks County.
The Democrat battle for the nomination was between two former members of different school boards. Jill Dennin, formerly a Boyertown Area School District director, won 12,427 votes in Montgomery County and 1,288 in Berks County for a combined sum of 13,713. Emanuel Wilkerson, formerly of the Pottstown School District board, took 4,411 votes in MontCo and another 460 in Berks for a total of 4871.
State 44th Senate District
Democrat incumbent Katie Muth and Republican challenger Jessica Florio were unopposed in their respective primaries. Muth earned a total of 24,657 votes across portions of Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties. Republican Florio received a three-county total of 23,198 votes.
State 26th House District
Both Republican incumbent Rep. Tim Hennessey and his Democrat challenger Paul Friel were unopposed and will compete in the November general election.
State 146th House District
Democrat incumbent 146th District Rep. Joe Ciresi had no Democrat or Republican opposition in his race. He received 3,563 Democrat votes in Montgomery County.
State 150th House District
Democrat incumbent 150th District Rep. Joseph Webster will face Republican Beth Ann Mazza in the November election, as neither had primary challengers in their primaries. Webster received a total of 5,809 votes; Mazza, 5,037.
State 157th House District
Both Democrat incumbent Rep. Melissa Shusterman and her Republican challenger Sarah Marvin were unopposed and will compete in the November general election.
Editor’s note: This story was updated for a third and final time Wednesday (May 18) at 11:17 a.m.