Thursday, February 11, 2016

GOP candidate's costly recount confirms the obvious

Thanks to Republican losing candidate Temp Smith, the Commonwealth burned through money it didn't have to waste.

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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