Thursday, May 22, 2014

Write in your choice here

There was an election earlier in the week right?  Seems strange. Also, I know a lot of attention has been paid to two contested Democratic primaries for state house seats in Allegheny County.  But I really think the most interesting results were in another, nominally uncontested, Republican state house race in the region.

In Pennsylvania's 12 legislative district, covering parts of southern Butler County, incumbent Daryl Metcalfe had an incredibly tight race against... nobody.  The only other announced candidate for the race had long since been tossed off the ballot for failing to file some required paperwork. So who was his race against? 

'Write in' wound up with 45.5% of the vote across the district, which seems like an incredibly high result against a long term incumbent, let alone an incumbent who felt secure enough to run for Lieutenant Governor just a few years ago.   Has a write in candidate ever beaten an incumbent in a Pennsylvania primary for a state house election? In a primary? I imagine it has happened, but still must be incredibly rare.So here is the map of how the write in votes came in across the district.

Write in actually won in 5 4 of the 22 precincts that make up the district.  In almost all precincts (with one exception) "Write in" received at least 40% of the vote. Someone might have wanted to stay on the ballot.

I do just have to add that the Butler County elections web site has this essential recommendation:


Anonymous MH said...

Thanks for putting this up. Other than a brief report in the Cranberry Eagle, which I only found out existed when I googled after reading this, I can't find anything reporting the result. It looks like maybe the challenger did well because the district wanted somebody who spent more time on their needs and less on whatever you call what Matcalfe does. Is that right?

Friday, May 23, 2014 9:19:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

The lack of news coverage of this race may have made sense when it appeared to be uncontested, but odd there has been little notice of the results which turns out to be much closer than D primary in PA36.

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:23:00 PM  

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