Allegheny County Republicans gathered for an election watch party Tuesday hosted by the Republican Committee of Allegheny County at the DoubleTree hotel in Green Tree. The night began with food, drinks and lively conversation, but quieted down as local Republicans began to lose close races.
Democrats won many contests for seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and State Senate, including in most of the districts that make up Allegheny County. As of 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, only Republican Jason Ortitay, who represents District 46 and ran unopposed, had secured a win. Republicans Rob Mercuri, Andrew Kuzma, Natalie Mihalek and Valerie Gaydos were leading their races for the 28th, 39th, 40th and 44th districts, respectively.
Jeremy Shaffer, the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, arrived at the end of the night to deliver a brief speech conceding to Democrat Chris Deluzio.
“This isn’t the result we wanted, but we honor the results that are there,” Shaffer said. “We are going to be continuing working in our communities and trying to make a difference. This country is too important to give up on.”