On Election Day, Allentown City Solicitor Susan Wild defeated Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein (R) to claim the newly drawn 7th District with a sizable 53-44% margin. But, there were actually two elections that involved the candidates. When Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Allentown) resigned from Congress, he left vacant the 15th District drawn under the 2011 boundaries. Therefore, though the former 15th and the new 7th are vastly different, they do contain some common territory. Thus, both Wild and Nothstein entered the special election in the former 15th to serve the balance of the current term, and the new 7th for the full term.
Over the weekend, it was determined that Ms. Wild has now won both, though the 15th CD election was very close decided by three-tenths of one percentage point. With that result now final, Ms. Wild will immediately be sworn into the House.
The Rundown Blog
Learn more about the candidates running in key elections across the United States.