Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is declaring victory over his Republican challenger Andy Meehan in the Republican Primary Election for the 1st Congressional District.
With 47,521 Republican ballots counted as of 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Fitzpatrick has a 14.4 percent lead. He has 27,149 votes (57.13%) compared to Meehan’s 20,293 (42.7%).
These are unofficial results as the county is still tallying ballots.
“I am honored that the amazing people of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District have once again placed their trust and faith in me and our campaign,” said Fitzpatrick.
“Now, as we look forward towards the future, it is imperative that we come together as one community to save our nation from the divisive politics that is tearing our country apart.”
With the coronavirus pandemic, campaigns have been unable to go door knocking and hold large events. But the primary contest between Fitzpatrick and Meehan was unusual even before the pandemic.
In mid-January, the Bucks County GOP Executive Committee “rejected” Meehan. They based their decision on what they called Meehan’s “discriminatory and deceptive practices.”
Shortly thereafter, the Congressman refused to debate Meehan at Bucks County Community College.
“ANDY MEEHAN FOR CONGRESS campaign is shocked by Congressman Fitzpatrick’s refusal to participate in free, open, public debate with an official candidate on the ballot,” said in late February. “His refusal is an unprecedented and cynical act of disrespect for PA-01 traditions, students, and the general public.”
If current trends hold, Fitzpatrick will face off against Democratic candidate Christina Finello in the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Fitzpatrick’s margin of victory is considerably narrower than in the 2018 midterm primary. He defeated Republican challenger Dean Malik with 66 percent of the vote.
Fitzpatrick’s full statement on his declaration of victory is below:
“I am honored that the amazing people of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District have once again placed their trust and faith in me and our campaign. Our campaign is a team effort, and I once again thank our amazing and hardworking volunteers who give their time, talents and energy to bring our community together. Now, as we look forward towards the future, it is imperative that we come together as one community to save our nation from the divisive politics that is tearing our country apart. I am and will continue to be dedicated to serving the people of the First District, and I look forward to continuing our campaign by bringing our community together, standing together in unity and solidarity.”
A request for comment from the Meehan campaign went unanswered as of 5 p.m.