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King, McCaffery Lead Superior Court Race

After 96% of unofficial returns counted, it appears that one new Democrat and one new Republican will be heading to the state Superior Court. 

As of 3 am, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Dan McCaffery, a Democrat, led the group with 25.72% of the vote, while Chester County prosecutor Megan King, a Republican, garnered 25.55%, according to unofficial numbers from the Department of State. Trailing McCaffery and King for the two open seats are lawyer and former Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green-Hawkins, a Democrat, with 24.94% of the vote and Cumberland County Court Judge Christylee Peck, a Republican, with 23.79%. 

The two vacancies on the state Superior Court were created by one Democrat and one Republican.

All four candidates who were on the ballot Tuesday were endorsed by their respective state party’s. During the May primary, Green-Hawkins was the highest vote getter, while King secured the most amount of votes in the GOP primary. 

One term on the state Superior Court is 10 years.

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  1. The Superior Court races are a better barometer of the strength of the two parties in Pennsylvania than either the Democratic triumph in the Southeast, or the Republican triumph in the West. I would be amazed if either Donald Trump, or his Democratic opponent gets more than 51% of the vote.

    Of course, McCaffrey was helped by his Highly Recommended rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2017, in the Supreme Court race, the Republican candidate benefitted from a Highly Recommended rating.

  2. There was a lot of straight party line voting in this race but McCaffery edged Green-Hawakins in most counties and King outpolled Peck everywhere but Peck’s Cumberland county. The bellwether of Erie county is about the only county where the candidates order of finish matched the state-wide total. It’s interesting King finished third in her home county of Chester. That county is really moving Dem fast. Geography used to be a bigger factor than party in these state-wide judicial races. That has certainly changed over time.

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