With 53 percent of the vote as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, State Rep. K.C. Tomlinson has declared victory.
Current totals have Tomlinson, a Republican, with 15,735 votes and Democrat Harold Hayes with 13,767.
These unofficial results reflect all precincts in the 18th district reporting. However, mail-in ballots are complicating what is typically a measure of when the race is over.
“Absentee, mail-in, and in-person ballots are still being processed for all precincts and results should be considered partially reported,” according to the county.
Tomlinson, who may now have the opportunity to serve her first full term in office, gave a teary-eyed victory speech at the Bensalem Country Club late Tuesday night. She thanked her father, Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and her mother, as well as her campaign staff.
“I love this job so much and I am just so happy I get to continue to do it.”
Early in the night, mail-in ballots gave an edge to Hayes. These went to Hayes nearly 2 to 1 while in-person results were trickling in.
But once in-person figures came back, Tomlinson emerged ahead. It’s unclear how many, if any, mail-in ballots remain to be counted in Bensalem.
“The numbers look really good,” Tomlinson told WBCB. “Of course it’s not over until everything is in, but we’re very optimistic.”
This is not the first time Tomlinson and Hayes have ran against each other for Bensalem’s state House seat. They faced off in a special election earlier this year, and Tomlinson won.
She has served seven months in office so far. An official victory in this election would put her in office for another two years.
WBCB reached out to the Hayes campaign for comment on the current results. WBCB also reached out to Bucks County government for information on any potentially remaining mail-in ballots in this race.