GOP candidate's costly recount confirms the obvious

The headline in today's Inquirer says it all: "Phila. judge Lazarus confirmed as election winner." Well, no kidding. As we blogged the other week, the whole recount - estimated to cost $1.3 million - was a waste of time, since there was no indication of vote fraud.

Thanks to Republican losing candidate Temp Smith - who insisted on the recount - the Commonwealth burned through money it didn't have to waste.

The details

Phila. judge Lazarus confirmed as election winner

By Amy Worden
Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's first-ever statewide recount has confirmed that Democrat Anne E. Lazarus of Philadelphia won the last of four open seats on Superior Court in the Nov. 3 election, state officials said yesterday.

Lazarus, a Common Pleas Court judge, prevailed over the closest runner-up, Allegheny County Court Judge Robert Colville, by 2,087 votes, the Department of State announced.

Lazarus became the only Democrat to win a seat on a statewide appellate court this year.

Initial returns indicated that she won, but three other candidates trailed her by less than one-half of 1 percent of votes cast.

Under state law, the recount was triggered by that margin, and by the fact that one of the trailing candidates - Pittsburgh lawyer Templeton Smith Jr. - did not waive his right to a recount.

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