After primary races, Fil-Am voters see new era in Pennsylvania politics

On Tuesday, four states held primary races: Nebraska, Oregon, Idaho and Pennsylvania.

But the swing state, Pennsylvania, is the one being closely watched.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled to change a congressional map drawn by Republicans and re-drew certain districts. The changes, many agree, made the state more hospitable for Democrats.

Filipino American Jeff Coleman is a former Pennsylvania Congressman who is out volunteering with his daughter at a polling place.

Redistricts and even retirements in his home state, Coleman says, might help Democrats take control of the House of Representatives after November’s midterm elections.

Ernie Gange, a resident of Bensalem since 1979, does not think Pennsylvania will turn blue.

He’s confident many voters, including many fellow Filipino Americans in the county, will vote along party line.

“Although Filipinos don’t make a lot of noise. But the outcome is Republican.  7 out of 10 Filipinos based on a latest survey voted Republican,” said Gange.


But he says there is one way he can be persuaded to vote Democrat.

“As a Filipino yeah we’ll vote, we’ll cross party line but nothing in our generation.  I don’t see any young millennial who is running for any political position here in my county.”

Democrats need a total of 23 seats to take control of the House. If the blue wave prevails, they can pick up five seats in Pennsylvania.

In Nebraska, two democratic candidates are battling to take on Republican representative Don Bacon.

In Oregon, Democratic governor Kate Brown faces a crowded field of Republican opponents, but she is expected to retain her job.

Meanwhile in Idaho,  a state that Donald Trump won by 30 percentage points, voters are choosing which Republican candidate they expect to win over a Democrat in November.

The state has not elected a Democratic governor since 1990.

“I don’t think anybody, Lenn, can predict what it’s gonna look like.  But this state, like every other state in the country is very divided. And it’s divided largely in whether you like President Trump and his policies or you don’t like President Trump in his style and his policies. And that’s very difficult to think what will politics be like after President Trump leaves office.”

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