HD-81: Fleck Appears to Lose GOP Nomination Yet Wins Dem Nomination
As we reported last week, Fleck was beaten by write-in votes in the GOP primary. It was initially unclear whether enough of those votes would be valid, however, and the possibility remained that Fleck could prevail.
Now it is being reported by WTAJ-TV that Fleck did lose the GOP nomination to write-in challenger Rich Irvin. Yet, in an unexpected twist, Fleck won the Democratic nomination by receiving more of those write-in votes than Irvin.
According to the unofficial totals, Irvin was the recipient of 3,600 write-in votes in the GOP primary while Fleck picked up 3,396. In the Democratic primary, though, Fleck outpaced Irvin by a 901 to 886 margin in the write-in votes.
Rep. Fleck seems ready to embrace this reality and campaign against Irvin in the fall.
“Rep. Mike Fleck (D) Three Springs. How’s that for an oxymoron,” the State Rep. wrote on his Facebook page. “Thank you to the 15 democrats who put me over the top on the democratic write-in, with a final tally of 901-886. And thank you to the three thousand plus republicans who voted based on my job performance. While a lot can still happen legally, today is a new day and if we are ultimately successful in our bid to continue thru the fall, rest assured, I will give it my all.”
These results must still be certified by the county Board of Election and it is also possible that Irvin could challenge these results. Nevertheless, as things currently stand Rep. Fleck remains a viable candidate for re-election.