Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district election, 2010
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.
- Bryan Lentz, State Representative
- Pat Meehan, U.S. Attorney
U.S. Constitution Party
- Jim Schneller, businessman
|Elections in Pennsylvania|
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.
|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%|
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.
- 1. August 19 - Larry Kane's "Voice of Reason," Comcast Network
- 2. August 26 - "The Dom Giordano Show," The Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT
- 3. September 21 - Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron
- 4. October 1 - "@Issue," NBC 10 Philadelphia 
- 5. October 14 - League of Women Voters
- 6. October 25 - Neumann University
CQ Politics had the election as a toss up. Sabato's Crystal Ball had the election as a toss up. Stuart Rothenberg had the election as a toss up. The Cook Political Report had the election as a toss up. Real Clear Politics had the election as leaning Republican.
- PA - District 7 from OurCampaigns.com
- Race ranking and details from CQ Politics
- Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org
- Official campaign sites