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Susan Wild claims victory in special election to complete Dent’s term


With all ballots counted, U.S. Rep.-elect Susan Wild claimed victory Thursday in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.

Wild on Election Day, Nov. 6, won the new 7th Congressional District by nearly 10 percentage points, according to unofficial results.

But in addition to the 7th District race, the Democrat also went up against Republican Marty Nothstein and Libertarian Tim Silfies in the special election to finish out the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent through year’s end. Dent, a Republican, retired seven months ago after previously announcing he would not seek re-election.

The initial count in PA-15 had Nothstein up by 58 votes, just two-hundredths of 1 percentage point.

With all PA-15 provisional, military and overseas civilian ballots counted, unofficial figures from the Pennsylvania Department of State on Thursday showed Wild ahead by 759 votes, or 0.28 of a percentage point, over Nothstein.

Wild’s campaign issued a news release Thursday afternoon saying she had been “notified of her victory.”

“I’m honored that voters in Pennsylvania’s 15th District have chosen for me to be their Congresswoman and finish out the term of former Congressman Charlie Dent,” Wild stated. “I’m grateful for our county election officials who have been diligent and efficient to ensure that every vote is counted.

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