With the primary election on the books in the York County Court of Common Pleas race, Judge Michael Flannelly and former Congressman Todd Platts are headed for a November rematch.
Platts and Flannelly won the Republican and Democratic nods, respectively, for the judgeship in one of the hottest 2013 races of South-Central Pa.
In the GOP primary, Platts garnered 56% of the vote to Flannelly’s 44%. On the Democratic side, the results were the opposite, with 56% of the ballots being cast for Flannelly and 44% for Platts. Twice as many Republicans cast ballots as Democrats.
The result, and York County’s deep red leaning, means Platts is the favorite in the general. Additionally, many of Flannelly’s most vocal supporters are conservative dye-in-wool Republicans. Now they must convince straight party voters to split their tickets.
But it’s not a done deal; the results were close. For total votes cast in both parties, Platts lead 20,751 to Flannelly’s 19,082 – 52% to 48%.
Flannelly became Judge last summer after being appointed to fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Chuck Patterson.
His challenger, Platts, entered the race after retiring from Congress earlier this year after 12 years in Washington. Before that, he served in the Pa. House of Representatives.
The race is interesting in that a former Congressman has decided to run for local office and faces a serious challenger in doing so, a rather uncommon occurrence in contemporary politics.
The two will face off for the Judgeship in the November general election. The winner will serve a 10-year term.