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As Simmons Calls for Concession, Deely Starts Recount Fund Campaign

In an open letter to supporters, 131st District challenger Kevin Deely looks to raise funds for a recount while incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons calls for him to concede.

With the election less than 48 hours behind them and the race still up in the air, Kevin Deely is asking supporters for help in a possible recount of the 131st state House race. 

Deely, the Democratic candidate, took to social media to ask for help in covering the cost of a ballot recount. 

The letter, posted on his Facebook page, reads: 

Dear supporters,

I appreciate your patience in waiting for the election results to be posted. Things are changing rapidly and it may take a week or two until we know the final results. Thank you for your support - I am humbled and honored by the support from every person who cast their vote, and I will fight to make sure than each of these votes is counted. 

A recount will be expensive. It costs $50 per voting machine - $6100 in Lehigh County, and more in legal fees. If you'd like to make a contribution in this endeavor to protect the democratic election process, we would greatly appreciate it. Visit www.kevindeelypa.com and click on the donate page.

The race could be weeks from certification, said Lehigh County's Director of Elections Timothy Benyo. With all polls reporting, Simmons was leading Deely by 562 votes, according to unofficial tallies. According to reports, the margin could be as close as 167 votes with Simmons ahead.

In district races, a recount is only triggered if three or more voters come forward to challenge results. According to the Lehigh County election office, it would cost approximately $6,100 to recount each machine in the county's part of the district.

Simmons, who thanked voters at Oliver Shakewell's Tuesday evening, called for Deely to concede the race. In a statement to Patch, Simmons writes: 

After an extensive study of the vote in the 131st district, it is clear that there is no path to victory for Kevin Deely. Even if every outstanding absentee and provisional ballot went his way he could still not make up the difference. It is time for Kevin to put the people of our district first and concede so we can move forward. 

What do you think of the 131st district race? Tell us in the comments! 

Rich Cranium November 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Are you stupid or intentionally lying? According to Northampton County Simmons has 1282 votes and Deely has 852 it actually is a difference of 430 votes. Here I will "show my work" for it too 1282 - 852 ------- 430 http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/lib/northampton/northamptonvote/sum.pdf
Tom Williams November 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Deely is down by one vote in Lehigh County and only 400 (so far) in Northampton. Looks like voters of the 131st aren't as pleased with Mr. Simmons' performance as you all seem to be. There's nothing wrong with a recount. Simmons won't even be back from his vacation in the Bahamas before it's all over.
Ben Trovato November 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The GOP is financed by multi-millionaires and billionaires and the people in office are beholden to them big time. The moneyed few are the ones who don't want anyone whom they can't buy in any government position at any level. President Obama's win over Romney proves that the majority of us do not wish "Big Business" and those who own those "Big Businesses" to continue to buy US Congressmen who in turn force their nefarious ways on the unsuspecting and those of us in the know.
John Cosgrove November 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The GOP is financed by multi-millionaires and billionaires and the people in office are beholden to them big time. The moneyed few are the ones who don't want anyone whom they can't buy in any government position at any level. President Obama's win over Romney proves that the majority of us do not wish "Big Business" and those who own those "Big Businesses" to continue to buy US Congressmen who in turn force their nefarious ways on the unsuspecting and those of us in the know.
John Fox November 12, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Two guys saying the exact same thing with brand new accounts? They are most likely two different people, not Karen Beyer. +---------------+ | PLEASE | | DO NOT | | FEED THE | | TROLLS | +---------------+ | | | | .\|.||/..

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