Pennsylvania elections, 2010

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 is facing 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, however, will again face-off in November's general election.[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.

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". 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.

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