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Live Blog: Pennsylvania Primary Election Results

By June 2, 2020 No Comments

By Charlie Deitch 
charlie@pittsburghcurrent.com

11 p.m.: As 11 p.m. dawns, we’ll be shutting down this blog for the night, continue to track results on social media and follow up tomorrow with the news and headlines of the night.

10:45 p.m.:  From the Allegheny County  Board of Elections:

The ballot boxes for Bethel Park, Chalfant, Liberty, McCandless, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh 14, Pittsburgh 15, Ross, Shaler, Trafford and Upper St. Clair are all on trucks being driven to the warehouse by county employees. The ballot boxes for Avalon, Bellevue, Findlay, Pittsburgh 4, Pittsburgh 8 and Pittsburgh 11 still need to be delivered to the warehouse by the rover/lead man for that site. All other ballot boxes have been returned to the warehouse.

As of 10:30 PM, there have been 23 ballot boxes opened and scanned. Updated results have been uploaded and should be available on the website momentarily. The results account for 176,996 ballots which have been scanned including 78 precincts reporting in-person votes.

10:36: While I’m by no means an election numbers whiz who should be calling races, but Summer Lee’s commanding lead over handpicked party puppet Chris Roland has put her in a strong position to win a second term in District 34.

Lee is sitting with a 75 percent-25 percent lead over Roland.

In District 36, Jessica Benham has nearly 44 percent of the vote in a four-person race. Ed Moller follows with 35 and controversial candidate Heather Kass has fewer than 1,000 votes and a paltry 14 percent of the vote.

Apparently not receiving the endorsement of the ACDC comes with little or no consequence when seeking public office.

10:12 p.m.: We haven’t seen any lead changes in the races we’ve been following. Kinkead, Benham, Lee and Doyle continue to lead.

Per unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Board:

10 p.m.: More results are coming in. here’s the most recent update from Allegheny County:

“The following municipalities’ ballot boxes have been delivered to the warehouse as of 9:30 PM:  Aspinwall, Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Braddock, Braddock Hills, Braddock, Carnegie, Cheswick, Churchill, Collier, Crafton,  Crescent, Dormont, Duquesne, East Deer, East McKeesport, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Etna, Fawn, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Frazer, Green Tree, Hampton, Harmar, Harrison, Homestead, Indiana, Ingram, Kennedy, Leetsdale, Lincoln, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Moon, Mt. Oliver, North Fayette, North Versailles, Oakdale, Pennsbury Village, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 30, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Plum, Rankin, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Sharpsburg, South Versailles, Springdale Township, Stowe, Tarentum, Thornburg, Turtle Creek, Versailles, Wall, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Whitaker, Wilkins and Wilmerding.

“As of right now, 14 ballot boxes have been opened and scanned. The results thus far have just been uploaded and account for 171,730 ballots.

“The employees are also continuing to open the mail-in and absentee ballots received today by mail or walk-ins and are also processing those.”

9:13 p.m.: The race to replace DINO Harry Readshaw (Democrat in Name Only) has been a wild one sine the first of the year. I’m sure we all know the story by now, but progressive candidate Jessica Benham got in the race late last summer in an effort to oust Readshaw. Readshaw, the South Hills Mortician. Readshaw jumped out of the race in January, most likely because he saw the writing on the wall after he lost several long-time house colleagues two years ago to young progressive women. Long story short, Readshaw backs a right-wing Trump supporter who eventually wins the Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsement. Since then, two other candidates got in the race, and tonight things are shaping up as a two-person race, but not between Benham and Kass, but Benham and Ed Moeller.

Check out our interview from last fall with Jessica Benham.

8:51 p.m.: Progressive Dem Emily Kinkead has taken the early lead of 10-year incumbent Adam Ravenstahl:

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Emily Kinkead and Adam Ravenstahl

Kinkead had been an underdog in this race but seemed to pick up traction in the past few months. Of note, was an uproar by residents when Ravenstahl, a long-time anti-choice candidate who began voting pro-choice the past 18 months or so, picked up the endorsement from Planned Parenthood’s political arm.

check out our interview with Kinkead from earlier this year.

8:43 p.m.: Checking in on some early results from some state Rep races of high interest.

Rep. Summer Lee

Rep. Summer Lee in July 2018 at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (Current Photo by Aaron Warnick)

In District 36, Incumbent Summer Lee is facing off against a candidate handpicked by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Roland ran a negative campaign that distorted Lee’s voting record in the most absurd ways.

And today we reported on Roland’s complete disregard for truth in advertising by misquoting the Pittsburgh Current story that pointed out his original round of lies. Lee currently has about 80percent of the vote so far.

8:29 p.m.: Results from the first run of mail-in ballots have been made available. Of the races we’re watching, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle has taken a very early lead over Pitt Constitutional Law Professor Jerry Dickinson. The Below totals count for about 142,000 of the 205,000 mail-in ballots received so far.

8:19 p.m.: As we wait for the first results to come in, which should be coming momentarily, a judge has ordered that polls in Penn Hills will remain open until 9 p.m. People were in line to vote at 8 p.m. and when the poll attempted to close, the ACLU went to a judge for an extension.

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