DNC Congratulates Pennsylvania Democrats on Special Election Victory, Successful Primary Races
May 16, 2018
DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement after Democrat Helen Tai flipped Pennsylvania HD-178, marking the 41st legislative seat to flip from red to blue since Trump took office:
“Congratulations to state Representative-elect Helen Tai, Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and all of the Democratic nominees from tonight’s primary races on a fantastic day for Pennsylvania Democrats. For the first time in years, Democrats have a candidate running in every single congressional district in the Keystone State. And thanks to the state’s new congressional map that put an end to years of extreme Republican gerrymandering, Democrats finally have a fair shot in this year’s midterm elections.
“There’s no question that the road to taking back Congress runs straight through Pennsylvania, and with the victories we’ve seen even in deep-red districts like PA-18 in March and HD-178 tonight, I know the wind is at our backs. I couldn’t be prouder of the diverse slate of nominees who won tonight’s primaries across the state, including an impressive number of women candidates like Chrissy Houlahan, Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, and Jess King, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. The DNC has been proud to invest in the PA Dems through our six-figure State Party Innovation Fund grant, which allowed the state party to increase organizing capacity statewide. We hosted phone banks and operated voter protection hotlines from the DNC, made monthly contributions to the state party through our Every ZIP Code Counts program, and leveraged the leadership of DNC Vice Chair Grace Meng, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong, and members of the entire DNC AAPI Caucus to mobilize voters for Helen Tai. We’re excited to continue working with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in their efforts to lift Democratic candidates up and down the ballot to victory in November.”