The Democratic Party continued to make gains in Chester County in the latest election, with Chrissy Houlahan becoming the first Democrat to represent the county in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1863, writes Martin Longman for Washington Monthly.
Houlahan was elected to represent Chester County and a small slice of Berks County in Congress with nearly 59 percent of the vote. While she won in the usual Democratic strongholds – like West Chester, Phoenixville, and Coatesville – Houlahan also won in Republican townships like East Goshen and Uwchlan.
The interest in these elections was huge. In fact, the turnout across Chester County was more than 67 percent, far above the norm.
Houlahan’s victory continues a trend that has been developing in Chester County over recent years. In the off-year elections last year, Democrats won the four row office positions on the ballot for the first time since the 18th century.
Read more about the election results in Washington Monthly here.