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Two uncalled races won't change GOP control

Written by Mary Wilson | Nov 12, 2012 5:34 AM
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The next few days could bring a victor in a close Pennsylvania House race in the western part of the state. It's one of two legislative contests that had yet to be called as of late Friday.

Whatever the results, the Republicans will keep their majority in the chamber.

GOP incumbent Rick Saccone of Allegheny County has just a few dozen votes more than his Democratic challenger, David Levdansky.

Dave Reed, the House Republican Campaign Committee chair, says the election is almost a carbon copy of the 2010 contest between the two candidates.

In that race, Saccone was the challenger and Levdansky was the incumbent.

"The race came down to less than a hundred votes, give or take, and it went to a recount last time," Reed said. "Rick Saccone came out on top. We're fairly confident that's going to happen again this time, but you know, certainly way too close to call at this point."

Reed says it will likely take until Tuesday to count outstanding absentee and provisional ballots in the district.

Another race remains up for grabs in the Lehigh Valley, though county officials say it'll likely go to the Republican.

The GOP majority in the 203-seat House currently stands at 110.

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