Friday, November 16, 2012
Citing 'too much support for a recount,' Democrat Kevin Deely refuses to concede 131st District race to incumbent Republican Justin Simmons. But Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Brendan Boyle says 'not enough ballots to win.'
Is the race for the 131st state House seat over? Depends on who you ask. Though Lehigh County's vote count shows incumbent Republican Justin Simmons edged out Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County, and the Simmons camp says the Northampton County vote count put Simmons ahead by another 432 votes, challenger Kevin Deely won't concede the race anytime soon. "It's so close, we just want to make sure every vote is counted. I have so many supporters asking for a recount," said Deely in an exclusive interview. "I'm not conceding the race. There's only a little more than one percentage point [between Deely and Simmons], and the results will come soon enough. In the end, democracy will win." Deely confirmed his campaign is "strongly …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Incumbent Republican Justin Simmons edged out Democratic challenger Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County in the 131st state House race. In Northampton County, Simmons won by 432 votes, the Simmons campaign said.
Incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons defeated Democratic challenger Kevin Deely by 448 votes in the official count for the 131st state House seat, according to information provided by the Lehigh County election bureau and the Simmons campaign. In Lehigh County, Simmons edged out Deely by 16 votes. Simmons had 13,014 votes to Deely's 12,998, according to Lehigh County election official Tim Benyo. Northampton County's official results showed Simmons defeating Deely there by 432 votes, according to the Simmons campaign. Additional details were not immediately available. In Lehigh County, Deely won by 239 votes in ballots cast at the voting machines. But when absentee and military ballots were added, Simmons edged ahead. The race, called "one …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
As the campaign comes to a close, Patch takes a look at candidate endorsements for the 131st Congressional district race.
With the election less than three weeks away, candidates are collecting and promoting endorsements from different organizations. We've rounded up the current endorsements for both Rep. Justin Simmons and Democratic challenger Kevin Deely. Here's how they stack up: Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131) Kevin Deely What do you think of the candidate endorsements? Tell us in the comments below!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
In a list compiled by Politics PA, the Simmons/Deely race is named as one of the top races in this year's election cycle.
The race for the 131st state House seat is a "race to watch" according to political website Politics PA, which ranked the top 10 state representative races by likeliness to switch party control. The race for state Rep. Justin Simmons' 131st seat was eighth out of the 10 races. In a recent phone interview, state Rep. Simmons (R-131) seemed unphased by the list: "It's just the Harrisburg chattering heads talking," said Rep. Simmons. "What I care about is here, I care about helping people and we will win with the voters in the end. It's a completely different thing to be on the ground talking to the voters than it is to be in Harrisburg." Challenger Kevin Deely felt the list was confirmation that the race for the 131st district seat is far …