The defeat of Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.) will be lumped in with that of a dozen other Republican incumbents but the circumstances of his undoing are vastly different.
Sherwood’s 10th district is heavily Republican, but that did not much matter once college professor and Navy reservist Chris Carney (D) began running ads reminding voters of the personal scandal that unfolded in Washington, D.C., involving Sherwood more than a year ago.
Sherwood admitted to an extra-marital affair with a much younger woman but he denied her allegation that he choked her. Nonetheless, he settled her $5.5 million civil lawsuit against him for an undisclosed amount of money.
Pennsylvania, like Indiana and Ohio, has borne nothing but disappointment for the GOP so far tonight.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.