Republican claims special election win in Cumberland County

Written by Ben Allen and the Associated Press | Aug 5, 2015 4:27 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis


(Carlisle) -- A Republican has won a special election in Cumberland County to fill a state House seat.

In the 87th District, Greg Rothman beat Democrat Bob Charles, in the race to fill the seat vacated by Glen Grell.

Grell left to become executive director of the Public School Employee's Retirement System.

Penny Brown, county director of elections, says voters did turn out for a rare special election.

"It was brisk. It wasn't presidential level brisk, but I thought it was admirable," she says. "I was mentally low balling it and hoping for five percent voter turnout and I am now optimistic that it will be much higher than that."

Brown says hardcore voters were the ones who drove turnout and it didn't take much time to cast a ballot.

"There's just the one office on the ballot and so it was just go in, touch the name, hit review, hit vote and you're done," she says. "It would take less than 20 seconds."

Rothman garnered more than 60 percent of the vote.

The estimated cost of the special election is between $60,000 and $70,000.

Brown says she's hoping the county will be reimbursed by the state fairly soon.

In Delaware County's 161st District, the Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky beat Republican labor leader Paul Mullen. 

Three more special elections are scheduled in Philadelphia districts next week to fill vacancies left by the resignations of three Democratic House members.  

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