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Punt cruising to win in 33rd Pa. district

November 03, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Sen. Terry Punt appeared to be on his way Tuesday night to a comfortable victory over Democratic challenger Don R. Richards in his bid for a fifth four-year term in office, according to incomplete and unofficial results.

In Franklin County, the home of both candidates, Punt was leading Richards by 33,467 to 8,754 with 65 of 75 precincts reporting, according to figures from the county Election Board figures at midnight.

Punt, 55, of Waynesboro, Pa., was first elected to the 33rd District seat in 1988, after serving five terms in the Pennsylvania House representing the 90th District. The 33rd District includes all of Franklin and Adams counties and a portion of York County.

Richards, 53, of Greencastle, Pa., is chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Committee.

"In view of the early returns, I am overwhelmed by the support I've received throughout the district," Punt said. "I look forward to working for the people for another four years," he said.

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Punt said this was the first time he has faced an opponent in a Senate race since his initial contest in 1988. When he ran for his second, third and fourth terms, he was unopposed and won both the GOP and Democratic nominations.

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