Rick Saccone will start his second term much as he began his first: with a mandate of fewer than 200 votes. After all the absentee and provisional ballots were counted, the Republican had a 114 vote lead over Dem challenger David Levdansky.
He was Democrats’ number one target in 2012.
The final tally is Saccone 14,486, Levdansky 14,372.
Saccone (R-Allegheny) beat Levdansky, then a 24-year incumbent, by 151 votes in 2010.
The 114 vote Saccone lead is based on final – though yet unofficial – numbers. County boards of election will meet by Friday to certify them. Levdansky would have 5 days to request a recount, though it is unlikely that a recount would close such a wide gap.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Levdansky.
If Saccone holds on as is likely, the party holds on the state House will have remained identical to today’s 111 to 92 GOP majority.
Republicans picked up the seat of retiring Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield) and Democrat Mark Painter knocked off Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery). Pending final counts, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) narrowly beat challenger Kevin Deely.