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It’s Wolf versus Wagner in November
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            Voter turnout was light.  Less than 21% of the voters turned out to cast a ballot in Montgomery County.  And, just when many voters were coming home from work with intentions of stopping at the polls, Mother Nature left a calling card.

            Morning sunshine gave way to afternoon thunderstorms.  Violent, fast-moving storms wreaked havoc on voters and some voting locations.  At the height of Tuesday afternoon's storm, the Green Lane polling location lost power, necessitating a helping hand from the volunteer fire company which provided a generator to light the way for brave voters.

            It will be a battle of the "W's" for the Governor of Pennsylvania but only one will claim a "Win" in November

            State Senator Scott Wagner (R-28) bested Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth in Tuesday's Primary Election and will go on to November's General Election where he will face incumbent Governor Tom Wolf.

            Newcomers from the Pittsburgh area, Mango and Ellsworth were relatively unknowns when they began their campaigns.
            Braddock Mayor John Fetterman won a five-way Democratic race for lieutenant governor.  Doing so, he made incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack (127,200 votes) the first office holder to lose in a primary election.  Fetterman, with 287,741 votes, also topped Nina Ahmad (182,177), Kathi Cozzone (12,719), and Ray Sosa (27,422).

            Republican voters chose real estate investor Jeff Bartos as the candidate to face Fetterman in November.  Bartos garnered 317,084 votes to challengers Kathy Coder (157,544), Diane Irey Vaughan (119,154), and Peg Luksik (93,469).

            With the new Congressional District Maps in place, District 4, which covers most of Montgomery County and parts of Berks County, Democrats chose Madeleine Dean (42,625) over Shira Goodman (9,645) and Joe Hoeffel (6,431) to face uncontested Republican Dan David in November.

            In the 6th District, which now includes Chester and parts of Berks Counties, Democrats elected Scott Wallace (27,652) over Rachel Reddick (17,288) and Steve Bacher (4,006).  He will face incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick (31,374) who topped challenger Dean Malik (15,451).

            In other area contested races:

            In the Republican race for State Representative in the 131st District, which covers parts of Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Northampton Counties, incumbent Justin Simmons topped Bev Plosa-Bowser 2,604 – 1,362.   Simmons will face Democrat Andy Lee, who ran unopposed in the Primary, in the November election.

            Covering parts of Berks and Lehigh Counties, the race for the 134th District saw Republican incumbent Ryan Mackenzie beating Ron Beitler 3,306 – 1,328.  Mackenzie's November opponent will be Democrat Tom Applebach, who ran unopposed.

            All results are unofficial until verified by officials.





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