With less than 4,000 mail-in ballots left, the Bucks County races for state House are all but final.
In an update at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, Bucks County officials revealed there were only 3,468 mail-in ballots uncounted. Following current trends, these ballots are unlikely to influence the final results.
For example, State Rep. Frank Farry (R-142) has a 9,000 vote lead over Democratic challenger Lauren Lareau. Farry has 25,354 while Lareau has 16,040 for a 22 point advantage.
In a victory statement, Farry revealed this is the greatest margin of victory he has had since running for the seat.
“Words of thanks are simply not enough,” said Farry on social media. “To those who chose to support my opponent, please know that I will continue to represent all of the residents in the district. We need to come together and work for the betterment of our community and commonwealth.”
Meantime, State Rep. Perry Warren (D-31) also has a significant lead over Republican Charles Adcock. In a victory statement to WBCB, Warren added a caveat noting ballots are still being counted, though they are only widening his 19 point lead.
“I am honored that the voters of Lower Makefield, Morrisville, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley all have re-elected me to the Pennsylvania House of Representative. I will continue to work for our residents, our communities and our values in Harrisburg – to preserve our environment, fund, improve and keep our schools safe, protect our children and communities and promote a fair and prosperous economy and justice system.”
Meantime, one of the closest state House races in Bucks is between State Rep. KC Tomlinson (R-18) and Harold Hayes in Bensalem. Tomlinson declared victory the night of the election. She currently leads 16,245 to 14,579.
Since 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, mail-in ballots have added 510 votes for Tomlinson and 812 have been added for Hayes. As only 1,322 ballots have been added out of more than 80,000 counted throughout the county during this time, it is highly unlikely the remaining ballots change the outcome.
Campaign Director Ryan Skoczylas issued a statement reaffirming the campaign’s belief in Tomlinson’s victory.
“After a convincing turnout on Election Day, we are confident that once the mail-in votes are all counted, KC Tomlinson will continue serving the community she grew up in while in Harrisburg.”
In other state House races in Lower Bucks, incumbent Tina Davis (D-141) has a 25 point lead over Republican Kelly Bellerby-Allen. Meantime, John Galloway (D-140) has more than 19 points on Jeanine McGee.
State Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-178) has earned her second term in the House with about a 4,800 ballot lead over Ann Marie Mitchell. Meantime, Meghan Schroeder (R-29) has earned her second term as well with about 4,600 votes over Marlene Katz.
State Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-144) is also getting a second term. He has more than 4,100 votes over Gary Spillane. And State Rep. Craig Staats (R-145) will get a fourth term thanks to a solid 19 point lead over Robyn Colajezzi.
Finally, it appears only one incumbent in Bucks County will lose their seat.
State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-143) is currently behind Republican Shelby Labs by almost 1,500 votes. Labs declared victory Friday at 4 p.m.
“It is truly an honor to have earned your trust to serve as our next State Representative! With your continued support, I will be our advocate and our community’s voice in Harrisburg, working on behalf of the families of this district.”
In light of what will likely be a contested national election in Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Commissioners issued a joint statement Friday:
“For the past several weeks, employees in the Bucks County Board of Elections have worked professionally to carry out a first-of-its-kind election during a pandemic. They put in 18- to 20-hour days, as well as weekends, with one goal in mind: to conduct an accurate and fair election. This week they were joined by hundreds of other county employees who signed up to work around the clock in shifts to help count the vote. The preservation of our democracy depends upon the dedication of its citizens. These employees showed their dedication to their community through their work this week. Any criticism of the integrity of this election is a direct attack on the integrity of those public servants. They are men and women of all backgrounds, ages and party affiliations. They include newly hired employees and others who have worked for decades for Bucks County. The respect they deserve, and the debt of gratitude we own them, is beyond measure.”