Democratic L-G race on track for a recount

Former Philadelphia Controller Jonathan Saidel still hasn’t conceded the Democratic lieutenant governor nomination to Representative Scott Conklin.

Conklin leads Saidel by 4,202 votes, which is within the half-percent margin of error for a recount.

The Department of State will request a recount on Thursday, unless Saidel concedes. But his spokesman, Marty Marks, says it’s too early to make that decision. “The process right now hasn’t even been completed with the first vote, let alone a recount vote,” he said.  “So we’re waiting to see how the first count ends up. It hasn’t been certified yet. It hasn’t gone through that process. We understand there might be some absentee votes that need to be counted.”

The recount would need to finish by June 8th.

Conklin spokesman Tor Michaelssays Saidel has the right to keep fighting, but if there is a recount, “it will just reconfirm what we already know.”

Democratic nominee Dan Onorato’s spokesman, Brian Herman, says either Saidel or Conklin would be a “strong” running mate, and that the Allegheny County Executive supports Saidel’s decision either way.

A third candidate, Philadelphia Judge Doris Smith-Ribner, won just under thirty percent of the vote, and likely kept Saidel, the party’s endorsed nominee, from winning the votes he needed to top Conklin.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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