Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pennsylvania Election Results from the National & PA NOW PACs Perspective

Thanks to everyone who worked for all of our National and state's NOW PAC endorsed candidates. Yesterday we won most but not all of the races in which we (either the National NOW PAC or the PA NOW PAC) made an endorsement. Here's a rundown of the winners. Of the 18 candidates endorsed, 15 won, 2 lost, and 1 (the Lt. Governor race) is going for a full state-wide recount.

Here are our winners.


US Senate
Joe Sestak (D)

U.S. Congress
Bryan Lentz (D) 7th CD
Lois Herr (D) 16th CD
Manan Trivedi (D) 6th CD

Governor - lost this one

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Tina Davis (D) 141st HD
Babette Josephs (D) 182nd HD

Pennsylvania Senate
Ruth Damsker (D) 12th SD

Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee
Pamela Macklin (D) Allegheny County, 38th Senatorial District
Barbara Ernsberger (D) Allegheny County, 43rd Senatorial District
Stephanie Fineman (D) Bucks County
Karen Cochran (D) Bucks County
Joanne Tosti-Vasey (D) Centre County
Ruth Damsker (D) Montgomery County
Karen Bojar (D) Philadelphia County, 4th Senatorial District

Lieutenant Governor - too close to call

In the Lieutenant Governor's race, only 4,654 votes separate the top two candidates - Jonathan Saidel (D) and Scott Conklin (D). Since this is less than 1/2 of one percent of the total vote, state law triggers an automatic recount in all 67 counties of every vote in the state.

The Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation will be doing a full state-wide recount of ballots between PA NOW PAC endorsed candidate Jonathan Saidel (D)  and his opponent Scott Conklin (D) . See the Philadelphia Inquirer (newspaper from Saidel's home county) and the Centre Daily Times (newspaper from Conklin's home county) for information so far on the expected recount.

I believe that this process will include a hand recount in those counties that have paper ballots and, in my opinion, a cursory repeat of reading the electronic chips in the counties with electronic voting machines that don't have a backup record.. This will be, FYI, the second statewide recount that Pennsylvania has held since the Help America Vote Act was passed. The first statewide recount occurred last year when Anne Lazarus, another PA NOW PAC endorsed candidate, was confirmed for the third position on Pennsylvania's Superior Court of Appeals.

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