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Sat Mar 25, 2017, 10:30 PM

Democratic write-in candidate Emilio Vazquez wins special election

Democratic write-in candidate Emilio Vázquez has won Tuesday’s special election to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives, according to unofficial numbers released today.

The election, held in North Philly’s 197th District, garnered widespread controversy earlier this week following complaints — including from Green Party write-in candidate Cheri Honkala and Republican Lucinda Little, the sole candidate on the ballot — of illegal voter assistance and other questionable poll activities.

Commissioner Al Schmidt said the unofficial write-in count, tallied this morning, put Vázquez at 1,970 votes and Honkala at 282 votes. According to unofficial numbers released earlier this week, Little received less than 8 percent of votes. Voter turnout was about 5%.

“The voters of the 197th have spoken and they have decisively chosen hope over the politics of division and fear,” Vázquez said in a statement. “In these troubling times for our country and our Commonwealth, it is important that people see they can still stand up and be counted. It is now time that we turn the page and come together. I look forward to being sworn in and representing the people of the 197th in Harrisburg, where I will join the fight to fully fund our schools, create good jobs, and raise the minimum wage.”

At: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/03/24/democrat-emilio-vazquez-special-election/

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Sat Mar 25, 2017, 10:57 PM

1. 5% turnout?

Philly?

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Sun Mar 26, 2017, 07:57 AM

2. That is good news!

The whole thing looks like a big clusterf*ck though, according to that article! Could be headed to court.

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