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Pisciottano, Davis Leading in Early Returns

Mike Doyle cruising to re-election over Republican challenger

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
November 05, 2020
Posted in: Politics & Elections

State Rep. Austin Davis appears to be headed to his second full term in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, while Nick Pisciottano of West Mifflin is the favorite to replace retiring state Rep. Bill Kortz.

According to unofficial returns from the Allegheny County Elections Division, with all 84 precincts reporting, Davis, a Democrat from McKeesport, received 19,704 votes. Davis was facing a write-in campaign from Don Nevills of Clairton.

The county said 1,643 write-in votes were recorded. All of the numbers are still subject to change and have not yet been certified by county officials.

Across Allegheny County, more than 35,000 absentee and mail-in ballots still need to be reviewed on Friday, according to a county spokeswoman, although more than 313,000 of them have already been scanned and recorded.

County-wide, voter turnout was nearly 72 percent, with more than 677,000 ballots cast. There are nearly 943,000 registered voters in Allegheny County.

On Thursday, Davis, while cautioning that votes are still being counted, thanked his supporters.

“I will never stop fighting for our shared values and vision for our community,” he said. “Now it’s time to get back to work.”

The 35th District includes McKeesport, Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp. (Coulter), Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin.

In the 38th District, Nick Pisciottano was leading Linda Book in the race to replace retiring state Rep. Bill Kortz.

With all 71 precincts reporting, Pisciottano, a Democrat from West Mifflin, was leading Book, a Republican from Whitehall, by almost 3,700 votes, 55 to 45 percent, county returns indicated.

More than 34,000 votes were cast. The 38th District includes Dravosburg, Glassport, Liberty, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Whitehall, and parts of Baldwin Borough, South Park Twp. and West Mifflin.

In the 18th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Democrat of Forest Hills, was leading his Republican challenger, Luke E. Negron, by more than 133,000 votes, 68 to 31 percent, the elections division said.

Doyle was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. He defeated University of Pittsburgh law professor Jerry Dickinson in the 2020 Democratic primary.

Negron, who styles himself as “The Young Wolf” on social media, resides in Bethel Park. This is his first attempt at elected office.

In October, he and fellow Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell filed lawsuits to force Allegheny County to allow poll watchers at ballot collection sites, and to challenge 29,000 absentee ballots that were incorrectly printed, and which had to be re-issued.

A federal judge rejected the first lawsuit, but county officials reached a settlement with the candidates in the second.

The 18th Congressional District includes all of the city of Pittsburgh, all of the Mon Valley communities within Allegheny County, and much of Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Jason Togyer is editor of Tube City Almanac and volunteer executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. He may be reached at jtogyer@gmail.com.

Originally published November 05, 2020.

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