Steve Santarsiero

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick Elected in Pennsylvania's 8th District
Former FBI agent replaces his brother GOP Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will replace his brother, GOP Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, in Pennsylvania’s 8th District.

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will defeat Democrat Steve Santarsiero in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Fitzpatrick led Santarsiero 54 percent to 46 percent with 71 percent of precincts reporting. 

Case for a Wave Election Murky
One swing House district in southeast Pennsylvania suggests Democrats shouldn't get their hopes up just yet

The success of Pennsylvania state Rep. Steve Santarsiero’s run for the state's 8th Congressional District may help signal whether a wave election for Democrats is a possibility. (Courtesy Steve Santarsiero’s Facebook page)

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Steve Santarsiero stood in front of about a dozen supporters, many of whom had slipped on green T-shirts over their sweatshirts or long-sleeved flannels. This was a group, the Democratic House candidate figured, who already understood the importance of his race.

“I’m not going to talk about the overall landscape this year,” he said, speaking inside his small campaign office on a crisp Saturday morning. “I think we’ve discussed it at length, and everybody in this room knows what’s at stake.”

Poll: Democrats Have Competitive Primary in Pennsylvania House Race

There is a competitive Democratic primary to replace Fitzpatrick, above, who is retiring in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero leads scientist Saughnessy Naughton in a competitive Democratic primary in Pennsylvania's open 8th District, according to a poll released by Santarsiero's campaign and provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

But the poll finds both Santarsiero and Naughton are largely unknown among the competitive Bucks County-based district's electorate with about six months to go until the primary. The seat is open in 2016 because of the retirement of GOP Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick.