For Governor, Pennsylvania voters elected Attorney General Tom Corbett over Dan Onorato by a decisive ten-point margin. The race for U.S. Senate was much tighter, with Pat Toomey winning by two percentage points statewide.

Come January 2011, Corbett should be a welcome change to our current governor Ed Rendell. Corbett has stated he would support policies to advance parental choice in education, protect the sanctity of human life and protect marriage.

Many pro-life and pro-family citizens are excited over the election of Pat Toomey to replace Sen. Arlen Specter, who has long opposed pro-family legislation even in the face of pro-life Republican Party positions and presidents like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Clear Pro-Family Gains in State House

The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives had a change of control back to the GOP, with Republicans gaining at least eight seats (with 3 needed to gain a majority).

All of the winning candidates in the races highlighted below have expressed support for school choice, sanctity of life and marriage.

Notable was the defeat of Democrat House Majority Leader Todd Eachus to political newcomer Tarah Toohil in the 116th State House district race in Luzerne County. Pro-family citizens take note: Eachus had cast a vote against the Marriage Protection Amendment in 2006, which passed the House despite his vote by a 2-1 margin, then stalled in the state senate. Read more:

A number of other incumbent state representatives who lost their seats had been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider:

In the 13th district (Chester County), Rep. Tom Houghton, lost to pro-life Republican John Lawrence by 10 percent of the vote.

In the 39th district (Allegheny and Washington Counties), Rep. David Levdansky lost to pro-life Rick Saccone by a slim margin of 125 votes.

In the 56th (Westmoreland), longtime incumbent James Casorio lost to pro-life George Dunbar.

In the 137th (Northampton) open seat, Planned Parenthood-backed Charles Dertinger lost to pro-life Joe Emrick by almost two to one margin.

In Other Election News:

Marriage Wins in Iowa: Voters Send a Message to Activist Judges

Iowa voters rejected three state Supreme Court activist justices who overturned Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between husband and wife. (Note: This is similar to Pennsylvania’s marriage law passed in 1996, but our law remains unprotected from activist court decisions until we pass a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution.)

It is considered an historic upset fueled by their controversial 2009 decision that found a “right” for same-sex couples to marry in Iowa. Read more: