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Response to rpannier (Reply #8)

Wed May 16, 2018, 06:00 AM

11. Yes - felt the same. Sorry for the long response below but had to remark...

This would be a great seat pickup if GOTV is there (I usually haven't included it in my pickup column but am more and more hopeful for this one).

The reconfigured district (which no longer splits the Lehigh Valley area) is not loony and there is no need for a Democrat to be one either. The new district now encompasses all of Allentown/Bethlehem (of the "steel" fame) and Easton (of Crayola crayon fame). Where before, Easton had been peeled off into a different district so that both sets of municipalities would be diluted in wacky ways with rural red areas (i.e., diluted within the old PA-15 and PA-17). The combined population of Allentown/Bethlehem is ~ 200,000 and all 3 cities are strongly Democratic. Both counties in the new district (Northampton and Lehigh) have majority Democratic registrations and county/municipal officeholders.

Old map (where PA-7 replaces what was PA-15 & PA-17, in part) -

New map with the new PA-7 -

The 7th District covers all of Lehigh and Northampton counties and southern Monroe County. The primary race drew attention beyond the Lehigh Valley, because of the new makeup of the diverse district and because of the open seat in a mid-term election. The term is for two years.


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