Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district election, 2010

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Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district election, 2010
Pennsylvania
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  Pat Meehan USA.jpg Bryan Lentz 2009.jpg
Candidate Pat Meehan Bryan Lentz
Party Republican Democratic

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District Map

Incumbent Representative

Joe Sestak
Democratic



Pennsylvania 7th congressional district election, 2010 was an election held to determine who would represent Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives during the 112th Congress. It contains the western and northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia. It consists of the majority of Delaware County and portions of Chester County and Montgomery County.

Incumbent U.S. Congressman Joe Sestak retired to run for the U.S. Senate, leaving an open seat. The district was Democratic-leaning as Obama carried the district with 56% of the vote and the PVI is D+3, but Republican Pat Meehan ended up winning the general election on Nov 2, 2010 by a 55% to 44% margin over Democrat Bryan Lentz.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

U.S. Constitution Party[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Both major party nominees went uncontested in the primaries.

Meehan was a U.S. Attorney for eastern Pennsylvania. He is also a former District Attorney for Delaware County. Bryan Lentz is a State Representative, who represents District 161 (Delaware County). He is also a U.S. Army veteran, who served in the Iraq War. Jim Schneller is a former businessman.

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bryan Lentz (D) Pat Meehan (R) Undecided
The Hill October 2-7, 2010 405 ± 4.9% 39% 40% 20%
Monmouth University October 4-6, 2010 670 ± 3.8% 45% 49% 7%

Debates[edit]

Five debates were scheduled. The first four debates included only Bryan Lentz and Pat Meehan, the two major party candidates. The fifth debate included independent candidate Jim Schneller; Pat Meehan pulled out of the debate, however, citing Schneller's inclusion.

Debates 2, 3 and 5 were broadcast on PCN-TV. They can be viewed on the PCN website's Election 2010 section.

Predictions[edit]

CQ Politics had the election as a toss up.[7] Sabato's Crystal Ball had the election as a toss up.[8] Stuart Rothenberg had the election as a toss up.[9] The Cook Political Report had the election as a toss up.[10] Real Clear Politics had the election as leaning Republican.[11]

Results[edit]

Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Meehan 134,751 54.9
Democratic Bryan Lentz 108,197 44.1
Independent Jim Schneller 2,670 1.1
Total votes 245,618 100
Voter turnout  %

See also[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2010#District 7

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official campaign sites