Incumbent Republican Rep. Fitzpatrick Holds Off Blue Wave, Keeping Seat in Tight Pennsylvania Congressional Race - NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Incumbent Republican Rep. Fitzpatrick Holds Off Blue Wave, Keeping Seat in Tight Pennsylvania Congressional Race

Another Republican incumbent, Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey, was in a race too close to call Wednesday morning

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    Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Wins

    GOP incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick is projected to hold onto his seat representing Bucks County in Pennsylvania. We also take a look at voter turnout across the state.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Many Pennsylvanians voted in new districts after the state supreme court redrew the congressional map this spring.

    • A historic number of women ran for Pennsylvania's open seats.

    • In New Jersey, 12 House seats were up for grabs.

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is projected to hold onto his seat representing Bucks County in Pennsylvania in what turned out to be a very close, very expensive race.

    Fitzpatrick, who represents the First Congressional District, portrayed himself as a moderate Republican willing to buck his conservative colleagues as well as President Donald Trump. But critics pointed to his harsh attack ads that labeled Democratic challenger Scott Wallace as an liberal extremist.

    In the end, the candidates and outside PACs spent about $26 million.

    Fitzpatrick will find a very different Pennsylvania congressional delegation when he heads to Washington in January. In particular, a women's wave of Democrats swept through the Philly suburbs as four first-time female candidates won seats.

    In South Jersey, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew won a surprisingly close race against Republican former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo.

    Voters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware filled a total of 31 congressional seats by night's end, with only one remaining too close to call, according to tallies by NBC News.

    Incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur, of New Jersey's Third Congressional District, was about 2,315 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Andy Kim with nearly 99 percent of precincts reported as of Wednesday morning.

    New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Too Close to CallNew Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Too Close to Call

    The tight race between Democratic challenger Andy Kim and incumbent Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is too close to call and neither were comfortable declaring defeat or victory. Tens of thousands of provisional and absentee ballots still have to be counted, which will help determine a winner.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    In other races around the region:

    In Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Rep. Brendan Boyle swamped contender David Torres. Torres, who had entered the race only 10 days before the nominating petitions were due, was fueled by a desire to combat the city's opioid crisis, which had claimed the life of his son.

    But the area is overwhelmingly Democratic, and Boyle won with about 80 percent of the vote.

    In the state's 3rd Congressional District, longtime Democratic Philadelphia politician Dwight Evans beat challenger Bryan Leib. Evans was elected to his second term in Congress.

    In New Jersey, incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross, a Democrat, was re-elected to the state's 1st Congressional District. Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Smith beat Joshua Welle in New Jersey's 4th Congressional District, in the middle of the state.

    And Democratic incumbent Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman beat Republican Daryl Kipnis in New Jersey's 12th district, which includes Princeton. Coleman is among a wave of women elected or re-elected from Philadelphia's suburbs on Tuesday.