Republicans Retain 3 Legislative Seats In Pa. Special Elections


PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — A look at the winners in key races in Pennsylvania’s primary:

PITTSBURGH DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Pittsburgh’s longtime top prosecutor has fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary, his first in 20 years.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday defeated Turahn Jenkins, a former public defender who criticized his handling of the case of a white police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

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PHILADELPHIA MAYOR

Democrat Jim Kenney won the three-way Democratic primary in his bid for re-election, virtually guaranteeing him a second term as mayor of the nation’s sixth largest city.

Kenney, 61, beat two longtime city political figures: Alan Butkovitz, the former city controller, and state Sen. Anthony Williams. Republican Billy Ciancaglini ran unopposed in the GOP primary, but has little chance in November’s general election in the heavily Democratic city.

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U.S. HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION

Republican Fred Keller, a state lawmaker from Snyder County, won the special election for Congress in a heavily Republican district that sprawls across central and northern Pennsylvania. Keller, 53, will replace the Republican congressman who resigned in January.

He beat Democrat Marc Friedenberg and ran with the support of President Donald Trump. The 12th District also strongly supported Trump in the 2016 election.

The two-year term runs through 2020. Keller is a fifth-term member of the state House of Representatives, and one of its most conservative members, with a 90% lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union.

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LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL ELECTION


 

Republicans won special elections for three open seats in the state Legislature in heavily GOP districts in southcentral and western Pennsylvania.

For the 33rd Senate district in southcentral Pennsylvania, Republican Doug Mastriano beat Democrat Sarah Hammond; for the 41st Senate district in western Pennsylvania, Republican Joe Pittman beat Democrat Susan Boser; and for the 11th House district in Butler County, Republican Marci Mustello beat Democrat Sam Doctor.

All three seats were last held by Republicans, and the special elections have no effect on Republican control in both chambers.

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SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES

A steelworkers’ union lawyer and a county prosecutor have been nominated to run for open seats on a statewide appellate court.

Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins, a Pittsburgh lawyer, and Republican Megan King, a Chester County prosecutor, won spots on the fall ballot in Tuesday’s primary election for the state Superior Court.

Races for the last two spot remained too close to call Tuesday night.

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ALLENTOWN MAYOR

Ray O’Connell declared himself the winner in Allentown’s mayoral race over challengers Michael Daniels, Cheryl Johnson Watt and Patrick Palmer.

The interim mayor will run against Republican Tim Ramos in November to fill imprisoned former Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s term.

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PHILADELPHIA SHERIFF

A woman who leads a city organization of black police officers beat Philadelphia’s incumbent sheriff, who is the target of several sexual harassment lawsuits.

Former police officer Rochelle Bilal defeated Sheriff Jewell Williams.

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MORE LOCAL ELECTIONS

With 99% of precincts reporting, Bethany Hallam is beating John DeFazio 53% to 46% in the Allegheny County Council-At-Large race.

According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Darlene Harris conceded to Bobby Wilson in the Pittsburgh City Council District 1 race.

With 96% of precincts reporting, Bruce Kraus is leading with 53% of the vote in the Pittsburgh City Council District 3 race.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Deb Gross beat Deirdre Kane in the Pittsburgh City Council District 7 race with 58% of the vote.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Ricky Burgess won the Pittsburgh City Council District 9 race with 38% of the vote.

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