Republicans Continue to Roll in 2018 With Historic Victory in Pennsylvania’s 48th House District

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David James

Republicans Continue to Roll in 2018 With Historic Victory in Pennsylvania’s 48th House District

GOP Flips Seat From Democrat to Republican For First Time Since District’s Creation in 1968

WASHINGTON – In the hotly-contested special election in western Pennsylvania’s 48th House District, Republican Tim O’Neal defeated Clark Mitchell Jr, in a district that has never been held by a Republican since its creation in 1968.

The Republican State Leadership Committee invested nearly $150,000 in resources in the race including direct mail, digital outreach, and television advertising underscoring Mitchell’s lack of readiness and O’Neal’s answering the call to serve his nation.

“Candidates matter, candidates matter, candidates matter. It should come as no surprise a Bronze Star veteran who answered the call to serve his nation, defeated a candidate who still lives in his parents’ basement,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “Congratulations to Tim O’Neal for his hard work and dedication to our nation and to Speaker Mike Turzai for recruiting strong candidates for districts that have historically been held by Democrats,” Walter added.

With President Trump’s record of economic success, state level Republicans can expand the electoral map and win new seats this cycle. With tonight’s victory in the 48th House District, Speaker Turzai and the Republican House caucus maintain their strong 121-member Republican majority in the state House.

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