State Rep. Margo Davidson survived challenges Tuesday from primary opponents who cast her as too conservative for her strongly Democratic 164th District in Delaware County.
Davidson won a close race over Billy Smith, a defense lawyer from Lansdowne. A third candidate, Dafan Zhang, finished in a distant third place.
Davidson, a two-term incumbent from Upper Darby, made history when she was elected in 2010 as the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th District. Changing demographics and redistricting have since made the district solidly Democratic, and Smith campaigned against Davidson's record.
"The people of the district know how hard I work for them," Davidson told a room of supporters at Casey's Saloon & Restaurant in Upper Darby after the votes were tallied.