These congressmen sought to overturn Biden's win 2020. All of them were reelected in PA
Congressional incumbents in Pennsylvania who questioned the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's 2020 win largely breezed to reelection this week.
U.S. Reps. John Joyce, Mike Kelly, Daniel Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, Lloyd Smucker and Glenn "GT" Thompson each objected to certifying the commonwealth's electoral votes for Biden two years ago. Most of these Republicans pushed then-President Donald Trump's unfounded fraud claims and have not publicly rescinded those views.
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Their constituents didn't seem to care: With the vast majority of votes tallied in Pennsylvania, none of these GOP lawmakers won by any less than 8 percentage points, according to the USA TODAY.
"Tomorrow is a new day, and with a new Republican majority in the House, we will get to work for Pennsylvania families and workers to rein in out-of-control spending, secure our porous borders and end the flow of illegal drugs into our communities, and defend our constitutional rights and freedoms,” Joyce said in a press release Tuesday.
It remained unclear Wednesday morning whether Republicans will, as Joyce projected, win control of the House.
What was clear, however, is that Pennsylvania's most prominent election denier, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, will not be the next governor. The Associated Press and other news outlets called the race for Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who will succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Shapiro had a projected double-digit margin over Mastriano.
Mastriano had not conceded defeat as of late Wednesday morning.
Joyce and Reschenthaler were unopposed while Thompson led by 40 points, Meuser by 39 points, Smucker by 24 and Kelly by 20. Perry's race was the closest, receiving 54% of the vote in his campaign to best Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels.
Things were not going as smoothly for Jim Bognet, the Trump-endorsed Republican who looked to unseat U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8).
Bognet trailed Cartwright on Wednesday morning by more than 6,000 votes with 94% of the ballots already tallied. This district includes Luzerne County, which had extended voting hours Tuesday after officials reported running out of paper for the machines.
Bruce Siwy is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network's Pennsylvania state capital bureau. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @BruceSiwy.