Democrat Wild defeats Republican Scheller in Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District

    First-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Wild has defeated Republican Lisa Scheller in the Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District, according to a published report.

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    The Associated Press called the race for Wild, a former Allentown city solicitor, shortly after 12 p.m. on Friday. Wild declared victory on Thursday, the Morning Call of Allentown reported. .

    In a Facebook live statement, Wild said intended to remain “as independent-minded as ever,” and would work to “build a more inclusive, prosperous community,” the Morning Call reported.

    “The past few years, our country has seemed at times to be impossibly divided,” she continued, according to the Call. “If ever there was a moment that we need to move past partisan politics and come together, this is that moment,” she said.  “… As your representative, I’ll do my part to get us through the other side of the public health crisis.”

    Scheller, a former Lehigh County commissioner, has not yet conceded.

    As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Wild had 182,455 votes to Scheller’s 172,790, the Call reported, citing unofficial tallies. The district includes Lehigh and Northampton counties and a section of southern Monroe County.

    John L. Micek
    A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press