With new map, Pennsylvania fields busy US House primaries

April 29, 2018 - 9:56 am

DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians will settle 21 primary contests for U.S. House seats in May 15's primary election.

That's the most since 1984, in a rush fueled by Democrats' anti-Trump fervor, as well as Pennsylvania's most open seats in decades.

Also contributing is a court-ordered redrawing of Pennsylvania's congressional districts that wiped out 6-year-old boundaries that favored Republicans.

The new map is expected to flip at least two seats to Democrats.

It's also giving Democrats extra hope in areas long-represented by Republicans where incumbents are seeking re-election in districts that aren't quite as Republican-friendly.

This year there's a three-way Democratic primary in Republican Rep. Mike Kelly's northwestern Pennsylvania district, and a four-way Democratic primary in Republican Rep. Scott Perry's south-central Pennsylvania district.

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