Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Matt Cartwright and Jim Bognet’s campaign spokesperson.

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The race for the seat in the 8th Congressional District between Democrat Matt Cartwright and Republican Jim Bognet has ended with Cartwright declared the winner by the Associated Press.

Five-term incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright battled with Republican challenger Jim Bognet with the race being at a very close percentage at times.

“I’d like to thank the voters of northeastern Pennsylvania for electing me to serve another term as your congressman. I look forward to continuing to fight for the working people of our community. Whether you voted for me or not in this election, I promise I work for you,” stated Matt Cartwright.

“Two days ago Matt Cartwright sent out a memo telling people not to jump to conclusions and wait for all of the results to come in. Matt should follow his own advice and wait for all citizens to have their ballots counted. There are thousands of ballots remaining to be counted just from Election Day, hundreds of overseas/military ballots, and more remaining to be counted. This election is far from over and we will continue this process until all legitimate votes are counted.” said Bognet campaign spokeswoman Kate Constantini.

The 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania includes all of Lackawanna, Pike, Wayne, and parts of Luzerne and Monroe counties.

Map of 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Matt Cartwright, Democratic Candidate

Congressman Matt Cartwright, from Moosic, was seeking his sixth term in the House of Representatives. In Congress, Cartwright states he is committed to fighting for working families.

Cartwright says his priorities include strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, ensuring quality health care, protecting seniors, and supporting veterans and military families. 

Jim Bognet, Republican Candidate

Jim Bognet from Hazle Township was looking to turn the seat red. A small business owner, Bognet says he fights for conservative values and developing conservative economic policy solutions to expand opportunity and prosperity.

Bognet states he is running for Congress to empower American families and small businesses and create good jobs at good wages.