Keller wins easily in Republican Pa. House race

May 19, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Mark Keller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - State Rep. Mark Keller won the Republican nomination by a lopsided margin on Tuesday in a primary election race with the same challenger from two years ago, according to complete, but unofficial election results.

Keller had 4,530 votes in Perry County's 32 precincts and 1,256 votes from Franklin County voters in the 86th House District, which includes parts of Fannett, Metal, Peters, St. Thomas and Hamilton townships.

His challenger, Michael J. Lapp, had 1,733 votes in Perry County and 205 votes in Franklin County.

Keller, 56, was first elected in 2004. He campaigned on his record and accessibility to constituents.

No Democrat ran in the 86th.

In Franklin County, 18,777 of 74,581 Rebublicans or Democrats, or 25 percent, turned out for the primary election, which included hotly contested Senate and governor races. Republicans casting ballots outnumbered Democrats by more than 2-1.

State Reps. Rob Kauffman and Todd Rock, both Republicans, were unopposed for the 89th and 90th House Districts, respectively. Kauffman had 4,549 votes from his party and Rock had 5,818 votes.


U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster was running unopposed and received 10,906 votes from Franklin County Republicans.

In Fulton County, state Rep. Dick Hess, the Republican incumbent, was unopposed in the 78th District.

The Board of Elections will be certifying results and tallying write-in votes to determine if anyone will proceed on the Democratic side to the general election in November.

In Pennsylvania, Republicans and Democrats vote for only their own party in the primary election.

86th House District

Republican candidates

Mark Keller (i) 5,786 votes

Michael J. Lapp 1,938 votes

44 of 44 precincts reporting

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