On with the recount!

Former Philadelphia Controller Jonathan Saidel is not conceding the Democratic lieutenant governor nomination. He’ll let a recount proceed, saying it’s “in the best interest of our political system.” Here’s the full statement:

Pennsylvania election law provides for an automatic recount in elections when there is less than .5% of the vote separating candidates. It appears, based on unofficial results, the Democratic Primary Election for Lieutenant Governor is within the margin qualifying for a legally mandated recount. I have maintained since election night that before taking a position on proceeding with a recount, the first count needed to be completed with all votes being counted and tallied properly. It is my understanding that nearly 4,000 absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted, the majority of them from the greater Philadelphia area. State law provides for an automatic recount to ensure that Pennsylvania elections respect the highest principles of our democracy. In that spirit, and out of respect to the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who placed their trust in me this election, I believe a recount is in the best interest of our political system and we look forward to participating in the process as it moves forward.

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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