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.