Pennsylvania election 2010 results: Joe Sestak defeated by Pat Toomey

Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 1:09 PM

The Pennsylvania senate race was called late in the evening on election night. As AP reported:

The conservative Republican who was just elected Pennsylvania's new senator says the Democrat he defeated served his country honorably. Pat Toomey beat Joe Sestak on Tuesday to take Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter's Senate seat in one of the nation's most hotly contested races.

The Pennsylvania governor's race and house races were also announced:

In the governor's race, state Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) defeated Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D). With 98.28 percent reporting, Corbet led 2,088,700 to 1,756,891 votes and 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent. Bucks County Commissioner Jim Cawley will be the Lieutenant governor. He will replace Joe Scarnati (R), the state Senate Pro Tem representing the 25th district, who assumed the position after Catherine Baker Knoll passed away in 2008.

PostPolitics previewed the Pennsylvania 2010 election.

Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) beat Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D) to succeed term-limited Democrat Ed Rendell in the gubernatorial race. Rep. Joe Sestak (D) lost to former Rep. Patrick Toomey. Democrats pushed hard to hold the seat held by Arlen Specter, who lost to Sestak in teh Democratic primary.

It was a bloodbath for vulnerable House Democrats in the state. In the House, the most endangered Pennsylvania Democrat was freshman Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, whose northwestern district has been hard hit by the economy. She trailed auto dealer Mike Kelly for much of the past few months and lost her seat to him. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, in a tough rematch against Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta, lost his seat after 13 terms. And Rep. Chris Carney fell to former U.S. attorney Tom Marino. In the Philadelphia suburbs, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) lost to former representative Michael Fitzpatrick, whom Murphy defeated in 2006. Democratic state Rep. Bryan Lentz, an Iraq war veteran, lost to Republican Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. attorney for that region.

Full election preview for Pennsylvania and all 50 states here.

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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr.

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