Ryan Mackenzie prevails in Pennsylvania GOP primary to face Democrat Susan Wild

Republican candidate Ryan Mackenzie won the GOP primary for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, eking out a victory in a crowded field of candidates looking to flip the crucial House seat red in November. 

Mackenzie defeated two Republicans, veteran Kevin Dellicker and attorney Maria Montero, after garnering 42.6% of the vote when the Associated Press called the race at 9:41 p.m. Eastern.

The Pennsylvania state representative will go on to challenge Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), who was first elected in 2018. Since then, Wild narrowly secured victories in both 2020 and 2022, making Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District one of the most competitive races of the 2024 cycle. 

Although Wild won by a strong 10-point margin in 2018, the Pennsylvania Democrat won by only 3.8 points against Lisa Scheller in 2020, a much closer race than expected. That margin fell even smaller in 2022 when
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