Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Babette Josephs: No concession until official count done

All of the ballots cast in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for the 182nd District state House seat have been tallied and challenger Brian Sims holds a 226-vote lead on 14-term incumbent state Rep. Babette Josephs. The official count, which starts Friday at 9 a.m., will include opening 139 absentee ballots and five alternative ballots.

Babette Josephs: No concession until official count done

All of the ballots cast in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for Center City's 182nd District state House seat have been tallied and challenger Brian Sims holds a 226-vote lead on 14-term incumbent state Rep. Babette Josephs.  The official count, which starts Friday at 9 a.m., will include opening 139 absentee ballots and five alternative ballots.

That means Josephs can't close the gap on Sims, an attorney who served as her campaign treasurer two years ago.  But don't look for Josephs to concede the race just yet.

"We're going to wait for the official count," Josephs spokesman Dave Scholnick said. "It's close enough we'd rather not rely on unofficial numbers."

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