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Pennsylvania primary election polls closed

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 21 2013 07:10:30 PM CDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 09:26:03 PM CDT
Vote, election file

Pennsylvania primary election votes continue to be tallied, with polls across the state having closed at 8 p.m.

Turnout around the region was reported throughout the day as being around 20 percent, although it was said to be lower in some counties.

WFMZ-TV 69.1 and WFMZ.com are the places to watch your vote count in contested races around the region. We're presenting up-to-the-minute results, live reports, and candidate interviews and speeches.

The races to watch include the Democratic race for Bethlehem mayor (Robert Donchez is leading) and the Democratic and Republican nominations for two open seats on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

In the Democratic contest for Northampton County executive, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan was declared the unofficial winner over his two opponents, Glenn Reibman and Lamont McClure.

In the Republican race for Lehigh County executive, Scott Ott was declared the unofficial winner over Dean Browning.

The biggest races across Pennsylvania include contested mayoral nominations in Pittsburgh, Scranton, Harrisburg and York.

Democrats nominated veteran city Councilman William Peduto for Pittsburgh mayor.

In Scranton's mayoral race, Democrats tapped city Tax Collector Bill Courtright as their standard-bearer and Republicans picked financial consultant Garett Lewis as their nominee in the Nov. 5 general election.

In York, Democrat Kim Bracey won her party's nomination.

The only statewide contest is for the Democratic nomination for an open seat on the state Superior Court. The candidates are Allegheny County Judge Jack McVay and Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters.

Long before the election results were tabulated, two things were clear -- candidates may not campaign inside polling places or give free hoagies to voters.

A Philadelphia judge Tuesday ordered Brett Mandel, a Democratic candidate for city controller, to stop campaigning inside polling places. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the campaign of incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who's also running, lodged a complaint against Mandel.

In Pittsburgh, an Allegheny County judge issued an order barring candidates from giving food to voters. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported officials received multiple complaints about candidates giving away hoagies at some polling places, but it's unclear which candidates were involved.