Mary Gay Scanlon Wins 10-Way Democratic Primary To Replace Pat Meehan In District 5

May 16, 2018

Mary Gay Scanlon has won a 10-way Democratic primary in a southeastern Pennsylvania congressional district that's likely to flip to the Democrats following a court-ordered redrawing of the state's political maps.

She will face Republican Pearl Kim in November's general election. The 5th Congressional District, which now leans Democratic, has an open seat following the resignation of Rep. Pat Meehan amid allegations he used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment allegations by a former aide.

Meehan had represented the Delaware County-based seat since 2010, which was widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered until the court redrew it in February.

Scanlon is a longtime public interest lawyer and chair of the pro-bono committee at a Philadelphia-based law firm.

Kim is a former state and county prosecutor.