HD-197: Election Day Update

HD 197The election to replace former State Representative Leslie Acosta is being held today in Philadelphia, but we probably won’t know winner until Friday.  

The ballot has only one candidate on the ballot, Republican Lucinda Little, after the Supreme Court ruled the Democratic Emilio Vazquez could not appear on the ballot.  The Democratic Party had to run a replacement candidate after the Commonwealth Court ruled the first candidate was ineligible to run in the district.  

The Democrats are running a write-in campaign for Vazquez along along with many other writing in candidates, including one from the Green Party.  Unless Little receives more votes than all the write-in candidates combined, the winner will not be declared until Friday when the write-ins are counted.  

The Democrats believe they have a good shot winning the write in, the district is 85% Democrat.  

“House Democrats put forth a strong effort to rally behind Emilio Vazquez and we are looking forward to the canvass of the Election on Friday when the write-in votes will be counted,” Nathan Davidson, Executive Director for the House Democratic Campaign Committee said in an email.  

The fact that the Republicans are being discussed is surprising, they have not run a candidate for the seat since 2012, and only make up 5% of the district.  They are making their presence in the election known, pointing to election issues in the polling places.

“It would be a sad irony if the result of this special election – called to replace a convict – would be questionable due to the same corrupt antics of the same corrupt democrats,” Little said in a statement.

13 Responses

  1. The only thing a Republican is true to is their bank account. Well, maybe the bank account of their major supporter.

  2. Wow – Paul, were you drunk when you wrote this? 😉

    – Never use the percent symbol in prose – it is only acceptable in tables and similar.
    – “The ballot has only one candidate on the ballot…” – lots of problems with this sentence: it’s redundant and repetitive and includes errors. Perhaps “There was only one candidate on the ballot – Republican Lucinda Little – after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the removal of the Democratic candidate, Emilio Vazquez.”
    – “The Democrats are running a write-in campaign for Vazquez along along with many other writing in candidates, including one from the Green Party.” So many issues and it’s just not logical. Perhaps “The Democrats are running a write-in campaign for Vazquez, who will face many other write-in candidates, including one from the Green Party.”
    – “The Democrats believe they have a good shot winning the write in, the district is 85% Democrat.” – comma should be a colon, % should be written out, and “Democrat” should be “Democratic” in this case.

  3. Agree, Delco. But it’s unlikely that a Republican would do that. Most of them believe in being true to the system and playing by the rules, and that illusion never gets you much in a place like Philadelphia these days. And even if they didn’t want to play by the rules, the Democrats usually have the better politicians. Often by far.

  4. Even if all the write-in votes were divided equally between the seven people who claimed to be waging a write-in campaign (and really, there were only two), the Republicans have lost this election.

    Unless, of course, Little or some other Republican pulled off a secret write-in campaign on the Democratic ballot, which they did not.

  5. Most of us would have been surprised if Lucinda had won this, or even come close.

    The list of electoral abuses claimed by poll watchers is a long one. But after all, the Dems had to win this one.

    And win they did. It’s not the first time a dead horse has been dragged from the starting point to the finish line to win the race. It shows what the Dems’ machine can do.

    Now some presstitute in AP or MSNBC can cite this as a milestone in the anti-Trump resistance or something.

  6. Guest: Paul is a GOPer in the mold of Trump. Be careful what you say; he could be a future GOP president.

  7. Really-

    You have to look at the Philly Party Chairman (“He graduated from St. Thomas More High School, but did not attend college”).

  8. Paul, you have the writing and proofreading skills of a 7th grader. Please do better. I love this blog and would like to continue to read it.

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