Congressional district breakdown: How the state's new map will impact Southeastern Pennsylvania

Jim Melwert
November 06, 2018 - 4:00 am
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines in February, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tuesday marks the first general election under the new congressional maps in Pennsylvania, as earlier this year the state Supreme Court ruled the prior version was an unconstitutional gerrymander. 

The new map breaks congressional districts down generally by county lines. 

Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District is all of Bucks County and a sliver of Montgomery County. It’s the only race in the Pennsylvania suburbs that has an incumbent seeking re-election, with Republican state Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick trying to hold off a challenge from Democrat Scott Wallace.

The 2nd Congressional District encompasses Northeast Philadelphia, while the third combines Center City and West and Northwest Philly.

The newly minted 4th Congressional District unites almost all of Montgomery County into one district for the first time in almost 20 years. Democrat Madeleine Dean faces the GOP’s Dan David.

The fifth is made up of Delaware County and South Philly, with a part of Montgomery County’s Lower Merion. The winner of the 5th Congressional District will also serve the remainder of former state Rep. Pat Meehan’s term in what used to be the 7th Congressional District. 

While that may not sound like much, it means either Republican Pearl Kim or Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon will have seniority on every other freshman in Congress.

And the 6th Congressional District is Chester County and a piece of Berks County, with Democrat Chrissy Houlahan facing off against Republican Greg McCauley for the seat that is being vacated by state Rep. Ryan Costello.