2010 Pennsylvania elections


Pennsylvania held various elections on November 2, 2010. These include elections for a Senate seat, a gubernatorial race, and many state legislature races.


United States Senate

Former Republican, now Democratic, Senator Arlen Specter was defeated in a primary election to Joe Sestak, who then faced Republican Pat Toomey. In a narrow race, Pat Toomey was victorious over Sestak.

United States House

Twelfth District special election

A special election was held on May 18, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Democratic U.S. Representative John Murtha.[1] On March 8, 2010, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party's Executive Committee nominated Mark Critz, Murtha's former district director.[2] On March 11, a convention of Republicans from the 12th district nominated businessman Tim Burns.[3] The Democrats held the seat in the special election, with Critz defeating Burns.[4] Both would face each other again in November's general election, with Critz winning again.[5]

General election

All 19 seats will face an election. Pennsylvania is expected to lose one congressional seat after the 2010 census.



A new governor was elected(incumbent Governor Ed Rendell (D) is term limited), Tom Corbett, the Republican, won the general election with 55% of the vote against the Democrat, Dan Onorato, who carried 45% of the final vote.

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Judicial positions

Pennsylvania holds judicial elections in odd-numbered years.

  • Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2010 at Judgepedia

Ballot measures

At least one statewide ballot question has been proposed for the November 2 ballot:
1. Call for a Constitutional Convention

See also


  1. ^ Catanese, David (February 17, 2010). "Murtha special election set". The Politico. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Becker, Bernie (March 8, 2010). "Dems Choose Nominee for Murtha Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Faher, Mike (March 12, 2010). "GOP chooses Burns for special election in 12th". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Dem Critz holds Murtha's Pa. seat". Politico.com. May 18, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Associated Press (May 18, 2010). "Critz to face Burns again in November". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved July 9, 2010.

External links

  • Voting and Elections at the Pennsylvania Department of State
  • Candidates for Pennsylvania State Offices at Project Vote Smart
  • Pennsylvania Polls at Pollster.com
  • Pennsylvania at Rasmussen Reports
  • Pennsylvania Congressional Races in 2010 campaign finance data from OpenSecrets.org
  • Pennsylvania 2010 campaign finance data from Follow the Money