Democrats won big across the state, from school board races to the Supreme Court. But an off-year election is an imperfect comparison for the 2024 presidential race.
Democrats won the marquee state Supreme Court race in Pennsylvania, made history on both ends of the state and swept in Philadelphia’s suburbs Tuesday, building on a blue shift that has yet to abate in recent off-year elections and fueled in large part by a concentration on reproductive rights.
Despite floundering approval ratings for President Joe Biden, Democrats prevailed in the biggest race in the state, electing Democrat Dan McCaffery to the state Supreme Court over Republican Carolyn Carluccio in a race that Democrats made all about abortion rights and protecting election integrity. Republicans also poured millions into the contest but largely aimed to avoid both topics.
The wins built on successes Democrats saw in the 2022 midterms and echoed results of races across the country, where abortion rights persuaded voters in swing and even Republican-leaning states to look past frustration with the national Democratic party.
“Once again, Republicans revealed just how out of sync they are with voters by putting up an extreme, anti-abortion candidate who rubs shoulders with the far-right,” the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. “Let this be yet another lesson for the GOP: Pennsylvania voters and Americans across the country want more freedom, not less — and they’ll show up again in 2024 to reject Republican extremism once again.”