2022 Election Day is near, Delaware County, and here’s what you need to know

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All the talk, commercials and polling are almost over. Almost.

In just a couple days, voting will be complete for U.S. Senate and U.S. House races in an election to determine which major party controls the houses of Congress.

Delaware County voters will also make their choices for governor, state senator and state representative.

Besides the top-of-the-ballot candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and governor, voters in the county have a state senator to pick and eight contested state representative seats.

And, many have already cast their vote via mail-in voting, rather than wait until in-person voting on Tuesday.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, as of Friday, more than 1 million ballots have already been received statewide, including 742,686 Democratic ballots and 221,295 Republican ones.

In Pennsylvania, 1.4 million ballot applications were approved for this cycle.

The state also reported that as of Friday, Delaware County had received 45,566 mail-in ballots, including 31,792 Democrats and 9,175 Republicans. For this cycle, 68,027 ballot applications were approved.

Big money has been spent on the high ballot races, such as U.S. Senate and House and governor.

In the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in the Federal Election Commission’s Oct. 19 report, Democrat John Fetterman stated his campaign had $57.2 million in total receipts with $52.7 million disbursements and $4.5 million on hand. Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz reported $40.4 million in receipts, $37.8 million disbursements and $2.6 million on hand.

For the Pennsylvania 5th District U.S. House race, incumbent Mary Gay Scanlon, a Swarthmore Democrat, reported $1.5 million in total receipts, $1.2 million in disbursements and $521,691 on hand in the commission’s report. Her Republican challenger, David Galluch, had $650,944 in total receipts, $551,848 in disbursements and $99,096 on hand.

In the Pennsylvania governor’s race, Democrat Josh Shapiro reported $51.8 million in total monetary contributions and receipts with $3.4 million of in-kind contributions. His total expenditures were $59.5 million. Republican Doug Mastriano reported having $5.8 million in total monetary contributions and receipts with $113,870 of in-kind contributions and $5.7 million of expenditures during the same time.

The voter services entrance at the Courthouse annex in Media. (PETE BANNAN - DAILY TIMES)
The voter services entrance at the Courthouse annex in Media. Officials there will be on duty before the polls open Tuesday morning and well after they close that night. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY TIMES)

Here is a rundown of the contested races:

U.S. Senate

According to USA Today/Suffolk University poll, Fetterman was at 47 percent of the vote and Oz was at 45 percent, with 19 percent of independents undecided. The margin of error for the poll released near the end of October was 4.4 points, meaning the race is a statistical tie.

The sole debate between the two candidates last week has impacted support for Fetterman, who sometimes struggled, after having a near-fatal stroke in May.

Fetterman is Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and touts a blue-collar image, having served as mayor of Braddock from 2006 to 2019. He falls in line with Democratic causes from women’s rights to racial justice. On May 13, he had a stroke that required the insertion of a pacemaker defibrillator with opponents questioning his physical fitness to serve.

Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, popularly known for serving as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for five seasons. He is an opponent of abortion, except to save the life of the mother and in cases of rape or incest and supports repealing the Affordable Care Act. Questions about his residency have arisen, as he lived in New Jersey for decades before moving to Pennsylvania in 2020.

The realclearpolitics.com average of polling has the race as a dead heat.

U.S. Representative

In the 5th Congressional District, there has been no polling data for the race.

Scanlon, 63, has served two terms in Congress, where she has co-sponsored over 400 bills and was appointed to serve as vice chair to the House Judiciary Committee. She also serves on the House Rules Committee and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Galluch, 32, works in Strategic Development and Growth for Comcast Corp. While in the military, the Newtown Square resident served as a Special Operations Officer – Explosive Ordnance Disposal, disposing of improvised explosive devices in deployments in the Middle East and in Somalia.

The district includes all of Delaware County, small portions of Chester and Montgomery counties and South Philadelphia.

Governor

For Pennsylvania governor, Shapiro of Abington, Montgomery County, has held a significant lead over Mastriano, a state senator from Chambersburg, in polling.

Shapiro has been doggedly campaigning across Pennsylvania for months and has served as attorney general since 2017. He has promised to veto any bill that restricts abortion rights and seeks to expand access to reproductive care. He also supports racial equity through increasing housing stability and ownership and addressing health inequities in Black communities.

Mastriano has served in the Senate since 2019. He has also served in the Army from 1986 to 2017. He is opposed to abortion from conception and does not support exceptions for the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. He also seeks to end the no-excuse mail-in voting and looks to have Pennsylvanians re-register to vote.

The realclearpolitics.com average of polling has Shapiro up by 10-plus points.

State Senate

In the 26th state senatorial district, state Sen. Tim Kearney, a Swarthmore Democrat, faces Republican businessman Frank Agovino.

Kearney, 61, has held the position since 2019 and before that, served as mayor of Swarthmore for five years. He supports abortion as a health care decision made between a woman and her doctor and said he will fight against its criminalization.

School supports for students and parents, school safety, properly funded schools, restricting access to guns to kids, defending the constitution and election system, the right to vote and fighting for common-sense election integrity including pre-canvassing mail-in ballots are important to Kearney

Agovino, 52, is owner of DiFabio’s in Media and other businesses, an educator and Springfield School Board member. He supports making abortion illegal after 14 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, and is against late third trimester abortions.

Agovino has said that crime and inflation are priorities for him. In addition, he plans to focus on the “extraordinarily high property taxes paid by all of us in the Southeast.” To that end, he feels that property taxes can be decreased by 25% to 50%.

State House

• In the 159th state legislative district, Democrat Carol Kazeem, 30, a Chester trauma-informed specialist and gun violence interrupter, faces Republican Ruth Moton, 57, of Boothwyn, owner of a digital media production company. Kazeem, a political newcomer, beat incumbent state Rep. Brian Kirkland of Chester in the May primary. Moton was among three people who filed a recently dismissed complaint in county court alleging common law fraud and negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation in the 2020 presidential election, and says elections are not as secure as they can be.

• In the 160th state legislative race, incumbent Republican Rep. Craig Williams of Concord faces environmental activist Cathy Spahr, 49, of Garnet Valley. Spahr says abortion needs to be protected And the environment remains a chief concern for her. Williams has held the seat since 2020 and has voted against amendments recognizing the right to an abortion before fetal viability.

• In the 161st, state Rep. Leanne Krueger, a Nether Providence Democrat who has held the seat since August 2015, faces Republican Ed Mongelluzzo, a former Darby Township police officer and business owner.

• In the 162nd, state Rep. Dave Delloso, a Ridley Park Democrat, faces Ridley Park Council President Michelle Mattus. Delloso has served since 2019 and had previously worked as business agent/trustee for Teamsters Local 107. Mattus is a commercial insurance consultant and also serves on the board of the Ridley Park library.

• The race for the 163rd is a three three-way race with state Rep. Mike Zabel, an Upper Darby Democrat facing Republican Ken Rucci and Libertarian Alfe Goodwin. Zabel has represented the district since 2019. Rucci is a cybersecurity specialist for Microsoft. Goodwin is a retired Philadelphia police officer and is a brigade command chaplain.

• There’s also a trio fighting to represent the 165th state legislative district. State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, a Springfield Democrat, faces Republican contender and owner and master barber at Giovanni’s Barber Shop Nichole Missino of Media, and Bill Foster, a scientist from Swarthmore. Foster is an independent, identified with the Fostering Our Vote party.

• In the 166th, state Rep. Greg Vitali, a Havertown Democrat, faces Republican Kim Razzano and Libertarian Edward T. Clifford III. Having held the seat since 1992, Vitali beat a primary challenge from political strategist David M. Brown. Razzano is a real estate agent who points to Vitali as an environmental extremist and Clifford is a business consultant for ION Trading, who says he is an advocate for giving the district better representation.

• In the 168th state legislative district, state Rep. Chris Quinn, a Middletown Republican faces Democratic challenger Lisa Borowski. Quinn, a small business owner in the insurance industry, began his House service in 2016. Borowski, of Newtown Square, is director of development communications, Einstein Healthcare Network-Jefferson Health.

On Tuesday, the polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, the county will operate an Election Hotline from 6 a.m. until midnight at 610-891-VOTE (8683). More information is available on the county website at delcopa.gov/vote.