Kanjorski appeared to be in peril when a SurveyUSA poll taken Oct. 30-Nov. 2 for Roll Call showed Barletta leading 51 percent to 45 percent, mirroring other public surveys. Kanjorski has been dogged by ethical concerns and had only a 35 percent approval rating among respondents. Despite that, the Democrat managed to squeak out a 4-point win.
Rep. Christopher Carney (D), who defeated Republican Chris Hackett, may have held onto his seat in Pennsylvanias 10th district by distancing himself from the Democratic Party. The district elected Carney to a second term without him ever using the word Democrat in an ad and without his endorsement of President-elect Obama. Carney sailed to victory with 56 percent of the vote to Hacketts 44 percent.
In Delaware, Sen. Joseph Biden (D) easily won a seventh Senate term but he is now headed to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue as vice president-elect.
The question is: Who will replace him?
The task of picking a successor falls on the shoulders of outgoing Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D), though it is possible Gov.-elect Jack Markell (D) will be tasked with the decision. There has long been speculation that Biden would like to be succeeded by his son Beau Biden, who gained fame after delivering an impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in August. There has also been conjecture that Minner would appoint herself, though she has said she will not.
Complicating matters is the fact that Beau Biden, the state attorney general, is a military reservist who is deployed in Iraq and is not expected to return to the United States until later next year.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.