Republican Incumbent Congressman Pat Meehan of Drexel Hill (Upper Darby) (R-PA7) easily defeated Democrat Challenger George Badey of Radnor to win a second term in the U.S. House Tuesday.
Meehan held an nearly 2 to 1 margin in Delaware County to retain the seat he won during the historic GOP victories of the 2010 Obama mid-term elections.
The Republican momentum was not with the national GOP Tuesday night, prompting one top Meehan Campaign official to call his victory as "at least one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing night."
During his victory speech Meehan told a ballroom full of supporters at the Springfield Country Club that his focus during his second term will be on jobs. Meehan cited his work to save the gasoline refinery in Marcus Hook as one of the highlights of his first term. He told supporters that work in Washington in the next Congress needs to be focused on the impact the economy has on working families in Delaware County and around the country.
In his concession speech, Radnor Attorney George Badey told supporters he was "proud of the way our campaign conducted itself through the year.
We have surprised a lot of people in this election. This has all been worth it."
Badey left the door open for future campaigns saysing "With hard work, persistence and perseverance anything is possible. It's not over. the battle never ends. I'm living my American dream - win or lose."