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Both parties choose Shuster

May 21, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For the eighth time in his career, U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster captured both nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, Shuster's Washington office said the 13-term Republican won the Democratic nomination with 60 percent of the write-in votes.

Like the previous times he won both nominations, there was no name on the Democratic primary ballot.

Shuster did, however, have competition for the nomination from Paul Politis, a Fulton County businessman.

Politis said Tuesday night that he needed to score a big win in Fulton County if he hoped to win the nomination. According to unofficial election results from the County Commissioners' office, Politis edged Shuster 125 to 120 in the Fulton County write-in balloting.

Politis tried to get on the ballot but withdrew when Shuster's campaign challenged several hundred of the 1,175 signatures on his nominating petition.

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According to Shuster's office, the 9th District congressman has won both nominations more times than any other congressional candidate in Pennsylvania history. He had been tied with the late U.S. Rep. Clyde Kelly of Pittsburgh.

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee easily won the GOP primary. Complete but unofficial results from all 11 counties in the district showed Shuster with 24,737 votes, compared to 5,804 for Monte Kemmler of Mifflin County.

Kemmler was Shuster's Democratic opponent in the 1996 general election.

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