US House seats draw 84 hopefuls

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania is hosting 21 contested primary elections on today’s ballots for the state’s 18 U.S. House seats. All told, there are 84 candidates on primary ballots, the most since 1984, and there are seven open seats, the most since 1976, when Pennsylvania had 25 seats in the U.S. House.

Six incumbents — Demo­crats Mike Doyle of Pitts­burgh and Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans of Philadelphia and Repub­licans Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County, Tom Marino of Lycoming County and Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County — are facing primary challenges.

Democrats are settling primary races to challenge five Republican incumbents and to run in November’s general election for five open seats. Republicans are settling primary races to challenge one Democratic incumbent and to run in November’s general election for four open seats.

Republicans held a 13-5 advantage in the delegation after the 2016 election. Since then, three Re­publicans have resigned, leaving two seats vacant for now and another filled in a special election by Democrat Conor Lamb.

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