Republican Fitzpatrick holds on to win Pa.'s first congressional district

Jim Melwert
November 07, 2018 - 1:08 am

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — It set the record for the most money spent on a congressional race, as incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick was able to fend off a very expensive challenge from Democrat Scott Wallace for Pennsylvania's First Congressional District.

Fitzpatrick thanked his brother Mike, who held the seat before him, along with his volunteers, his staff, and the voters. He also tipped his cap to his opponent.

"I want to give him a world of credit, he’s a good family man, he’s a good husband, he’s a good father. I respect him for having stepped forth, this is not an easy thing to do," he said to a crowd of supporters.

As for goals for his second term, he is focused on two main issues.

“From a national perspective, we have got to get healthcare and immigration fixed. It’s inexcusable that it’s not been fixed yet.”

The outcome was bittersweet for Democratic challenger Scott Wallace, who spent upwards of $8 million of his personal fortune and brought in a small army of door knockers in the final days in his effort to unseat Fitzpatrick. But it wasn’t enough. 

Still the 67-year-old philanthropist described his first-time candidacy as an amazing adventure, and he reminded his supporters to celebrate the fact that Democrats have taken control of the House. 

"Enough control to hold the Trump administration accountable. So tonight is a huge success. This is a road to recovery," he said. "I really, truly hope that with a new Democratic majority we can start moving forward legislation that will help ordinary working people, protect unions and get a more sensible tax system that does not give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations.”

KYW Newsradio's Paul Kurtz contributed to this report.