HD-170: Darragh Beats Nelms

DarraghWith 99% of the vote in, Matthew Darragh has defeated Fran Nelms 56%-44% (3,923 votes to 3,094 votes).

Darragh will now face with State Rep. Martina White.

White was elected in a special election last year, becoming the first new Republican elected in Philadelphia in 25 years.

The 170th District covers Bustleton, Somerton, and Parkwood.

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “HD-170: Darragh Beats Nelms”

  1. Scoop says:

    White has incumbency on her side, but the last race saw not only infighting, but the candidate who ran for the Democrats, while an impressive young lady herself, she didn’t have her heart in the race. White also had a huge head start on door knocking and introducing herself to voters for over 8 months before the Democratic candidate was decided upon.

  2. PhillySteve says:

    DD never knows what he is talking about. Obama only won in the 170th by 10 points or so and the same Democratic split that existed last year exists this year as well. As long as White has the support of the FoP, she’ll win

  3. garet jax says:

    @DD-don’t count out White. She’s a smart, hard working and personable young lady with huge labor support in a pro union district. That said, Darragh is an impressive first time candidate. He’s very likable with an accomplished resume.

  4. David Diano says:


    It’s a 2-to-1 Dem district (in a presidential year). It’s an easy win. White got in due to Democratic infighting in a three-way race.

    November will not even be close.

  5. Zakrey Bissell says:

    I want to say congrats on you winning the primary and you will have a tough general election race against the Incumbent Republican Martina White, and it’s going to be a tough one, and I don’t know of who I might support between you and the Incumbent Republican Martina White.

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