Candidates React to PA Primary Election Results

Candidates React to PA Primary Election Results

Officials say primary election day went smoothly in Franklin County, where votes came in from all precincts before 11:30 p.m.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.Incumbent Bill Shuster appears to have won the republican primary race for U.S. representative of Pennsylvania’s 9th district.

Shuster gathered more than 24,000 votes, more than his two opponents combined. Arthur Halvorson came in second with more than 15,000 votes, and Travis Schooley managed to get about 5,800 votes.

"I just want to thank the voters of the 9th congressional district, republican voters, for putting their faith in me to be the nominee to go into the general election and hopefully win and go back to Washington,” said Shuster.

Meanwhile in the 90th district, Paul Schemel appears to have won the republican nomination for state representative with about 3,000 votes, or 54 percent of the vote. His opponent Rita Daywalt received about 2,500 hundred votes.

"What [the 90th district has] to offer to the state [is] fiscal discipline, growth, prosperity. So we have a message to offer to Harrisburg and that's really what I want to bring there,” said Schemel, adding that he is thankful to his supporters who helped him throughout the campaigning process.

In the 78th district state House race, it appears incumbent Jesse Topper beat Joshua Lang by about 1,000 votes, most likely locking in the republican nomination.

"I just felt a great sense of humility at the idea of having the privilege to once again represent the people of this district and continue to represent them and be their voice in Harrisburg,” said Topper.

Overall, Franklin County commissioners say election day went according to plan.

"Things went smoothly at the polling places so there were no issues today so we're happy about that,” said Franklin County Commissioner Dave Keller.

Election officials also say voter turnout was about 22 percent in Franklin County. They say that number is consistent with those from previous, non-presidential primary elections.

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