Simmons/Deely Race One Vote Apart in Lehigh, Hundreds in Northampton

With almost all the votes counted, the race for the 131st district in Lehigh County is only one vote apart, but more than 400 apart in Northampton County; Simmons leads both.

For the rest of the Lehigh Valley, election season is over.

The race between incumbent Justin Simmons (R) and Kevin Deely (D) was too statistically close for election officials certify election night. Currently, Simmons is ahead of Kevin Deely by only one vote in Lehigh County and 430 in Northampton County. 

In Lehigh County, outstanding ballots include 60 provisional ballots, six emergency responders and four ballots where voters didn't provide proper identification and still could.

In Northampton County, outstanding ballots include 16 military ballots and 17 first responders. 

The poll workers and election officials in Lehigh and Northampton counties have worked extremely hard to ensure a fair election," said Simmons' campaign manager. "[Kevin] Deely has every right to ask for a recount; however, the numbers are not going to change. Mr. Deely ran a good campaign, but it's over and time to move forward."

But Deely is standing his ground until all the votes are counted. 

"I'm not going to concede while there are votes still out there," said Deely in a phone interview with Patch. "I don't see why there's such a rush to concede. I don't see why it's such a problem to wait until the votes are counted."

With margins this tight, Deely says he isn't ruling out a recount at this time. 

"We would possibly be interested in doing a recount because we want to see that democracy was served. I want to make sure that each person in the 131st district has a voice." 

Deely says many voters in the 131st district are supportive of a recount.

"The support [after Election Day] has been fantastic. It's so humbling to see how many people out there say 'I'm with you, whatever you need.' People keep coming out of the woodwork."

Some Election Day voters ran into long lines with waits of almost two hours. 

According to an email from Lehigh County election official Tim Benyo, the rest of the military ballots will be counted Wednesday, the final day to receive military personnel ballots.

Moe Szyslak November 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I didn't think Deely had a gramma smart enough to use a newfangled computer. What an idiot.
Moe Szyslak November 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Will someone PLEASE take Gramma back to the home so she can start her meds again? She has been off them FAR too long.
Fae Danner November 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I am saddened to read language that is offensive and unverified being directed toward Justin Simmons and his family in such a scathing, personal manner. It is natural to be upset when one's candidate loses; however, acceptance, if not delight, has to be reached at some point. Certainly, one has the right to criticize policies that are objectionable and that criticism should be specific and stated in a civil manner. Avoiding coarse language will render one's arguments much more credible. As I have stated previously, I am quite satisfied with the effectiveness of Representative Simmons. The fact that he has followed through with his stated intention to deny himself the perks, to which he is entitled in his position, is rather rare and to be commended!
Gramma24 November 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I'd have to be on meds to even contemplate Simmons being anything but a tool of the far right. Apparently, comments on the Upper Saucon Patch are encouraged as long as they are republican in nature and not dismissive in any way to any of the demigods put forth by the GOP. I could use any language I liked apparently as long as it was directed towards Kevin Deely, Rick Dougherty or Barack Obama....but not that their sacred cows. All that is missing is the 'sacred writings of Bull Connor, axe wielding Lester Maddox or a human road block like Orval Faubus.
Joe Sommers November 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Gramma 24... . Cant wait till Rep Simmons gets relected for a third term and then decides to run for Senate or Congress. Your bastard children can come clean the restrooms at the statehouse !


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