GOP US Rep. Perry wins reelection in Harrisburg-York area

  • The Associated Press

(Harrisburg) — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry has won a fifth term in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in the Harrisburg-York area.

Perry beat Democrat Eugene DePasquale, the state’s two-term auditor general whose campaign outspent the Republican incumbent by nearly double. Perry is a staunch Trump supporter and owner of one of the most conservative voting records in the U.S. House.

He hung on for another term in a district that is becoming less conservative. The race was called as counting of Pennsylvania ballots continued Thursday.

In a statement, Perry said he’s thankful voters are trusting him to return to Washington.

“From my heart, I thank the voters of the 10th congressional district for again putting their trust in me to be their voice in Congress. This has been a hard-fought campaign and I‘m humbled by the support our positive message received at the ballot box.

DePasquale conceded in his own statement on Twitter, calling on the district to “move forward united.”

This is the fourth time Perry has won re-election. Though the district has changed boundaries twice since 2010, the south central Pennsylvania area has long been a GOP stronghold.

Analysts predicted this year’s race would be a toss-up. But with Perry’s win, all nine of Pennsylvania’s Republican incumbents will keep their seats. Democrats held on to six of their seats with three races left to call.

Results are still unclear in the presidential contest and the races for state attorney general, auditor general and treasurer.

WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Sam Dunklau contributed reporting to this story.

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