Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Recount Possible in Democratic Commonwealth Court Primary

Pennsylvania voters picked nominees for two statewide judicial races yesterday.
There are 4.2 million Democrats and 3 million Republicans registered to vote in Pennsylvania, but less than 600-thousand from each party cast ballots yesterday.
The close race of the night came in the Democratic primary for Commonwealth Court judge, where Barbara Ernsberger and Kathryn Boockvar exchanged leads all night.
With 99 percent of districts reporting, Boockvar held a lead of 3,112 votes, which will likely trigger a recount.
Boockvar was the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, and Ernsberger was not recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, because she didn’t fill out their questionnaire.
Every other party-endorsed candidate won in the low-turnout election. In the GOP primary for Commonwealth Court, Anne Covey topped Paul Panepinto 70%-30%.
On the Republican side, Vic Stabile beat Paula Patrick by more than thirty points in the Superior Court race,
David Wecht ran unopposed for the Democratic Superior Court nomination.

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