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Tushingham leading Adams County write-ins in Pa. Senate race

April 29, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two counties still have not finished their official counts, but write-in results for the Democratic primary in the 33rd District Pennsylvania Senate race show the lone Democrat with a commanding lead in Adams County.

Bruce Tushingham, 69, of New Oxford, Pa., tallied 1,081 write-in votes in his home county, followed by Republican Catherine A. Cresswell, also an Adams County resident, with 446 votes, according to the Voter Registration Office.

Republican Richard Alloway II of Chambersburg, Pa., who won the GOP nomination in the April 22 primary, had 162 write-in votes, followed by Republicans Jim Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa., with 51 and Bob Curley of Waynesboro, Pa., with 50.

The official count in Franklin County is not expected to be completed until today at the earliest, County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said Monday. Democrats in Franklin County cast 3,393 write-in votes in the 33rd District race.

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The count was not complete in York County on Monday, but an official with the Voter Registration Office said Tushingham had 210 votes under the correct spelling of his name. Totals for the other candidates were not completed, Chief Registrar Nikki Suchanic said.

According to complete but unofficial primary results from York County, 357 write-in votes were cast for the Democratic nomination in the 33rd District.

No Democrats filed to appear on the April 22 primary ballot.

The winner of the November election will succeed state Sen. Terry Punt, who is retiring after five terms and 20 years in that office.

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