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Update: Simmons Beats Deely by 448 Votes

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 to watch" by Politics PA, was tight up to the end, with the unofficial count in Lehigh County as close as one vote. Despite calls to concede, Deely has yet to do so. His Facebook page asks supporters to help fund a recount if necessary. Deely leads the ballot box tally by 239 votes. 

Benyo says the Lehigh County vote count will be certified when the rest of the ballots for other races are counted, which could still take a few weeks. "We have a holiday coming up, and about 1,670 more ballots to count," he said

After the results are certified, voters have five days to challenge the results. Benyo feels confident that the numbers will remain unchanged in Lehigh County.

"Both [Simmons and Deely] had representatives on hand while we were counting. If the results are challenged, we will just repeat the same process we just finished."

Here's the Lehigh County breakdown: 

Machine Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons: 12,273
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.:  12,512

Absentee Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons: 678
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.: 414

Provisional Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons : 21
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.: 45

Emergency Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons: 2
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.: 4

ID Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons : 4
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.: 0

Military & Overseas Numbers:

  • Justin Simmons: 36
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr.: 23

Total:

  • Justin Simmons : 13,014
  • Kevin T. Deely Jr. : 12,998
Crestor Januvia November 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Karen Beyer? BWHAHAAHAH. What a chuckle head.
Crestor Januvia November 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
CO2.... obviously you are not getting enough O2..... we should moderate? We won! Should Obama moderate because he barely won? Wait till 2 years from now, when all the bums in Allentown won't even know it's election day. Simmons will win by 15% against whatever stiff the Demos put up. Maybe that dimwit Karen Beyer again?
Mary B November 15, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Crestor, Do you work, are you retired, or independently wealthy with nothing better to do? Clearly, the handle I use is too distracting for you. Again, I am a republican who is fed up with how the republicans are conducting themselves. To be more precise, who our government is conducting itself on both sides of the isle. There seem to be only a few people who contribute to these articles that, at least, sound like they "get it." Mostly, it is folks like you who just want to hear themselves blow. I hope Justin "gets it," I think he might. It's funny though, many like yourself are so on the republican defensive that you don't even hear what is being said - just take a swing.
Crestor Januvia November 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I "get it" far more than most people do.... which is why I know this country is headed to fiscal disaster, thanks to idiots who vote morons like Obama in... a Sol Alinsky radical who would like to knock the U.S. down to 2nd world status. I will, however, laugh my ass off at the "takers" of society, who vote for Obamination, get their butts reamed when all the handouts end, as we reach our coming fiscal disaster.... they brought in on, and will suffer the most.
Mary B November 16, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Handouts, funny....that is what I thought of of the auto industry, even more so for the too big to fail banks, and Wall Street. There seems to be an over abundance of takers across the spectrum from poverty through wealth along with everything in between. Our government bails everyone out. Let's face it, no democrat or republican would say no to the "too bigs." Bush #1 didn't, neither did #2, Clinton, Obama, or any other president that we vote in. It's a f&#@+<% mess, so I don't think you have to wait to LYAO - the disaster is alive and well.

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