Rep. Jim Gerlach
POTTSTOWN PA – In Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick and Pottstown, incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach appeared poised to win re-election Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) to his House seat over repeat challenger Democrat Manan Trivedi, in unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.
With reports received from more than 98 percent of voting precincts statewide, the board said Gerlach was winning with 182,320 votes (57.2 percent) against Trivedi’s 136,211 votes (42.8 percent). Trivedi issued his concession shortly before midnight. See returns for all 18 of the state’s Congressional districts, here.
The 6th District covers parts of Montgomery, Berks, Chester, and Lebanon counties. Gerlach led in all of them, the state board indicated. Of particular interest locally is the breakdown of the Montgomery County vote for Gerlach, 40,883 (54.26 percent); and Trivedi, 34,460 (45.74 percent), reported by the county Board of Elections.
Gerlach, 57, has served the district for 10 years, and previously was a state senator and state representative from northern Chester County. Trivedi, 38, is an Iraq War veteran who works as a primary care physician. His first bid for Gerlach’s seat was during the 2010 election.
Political wags continued Tuesday night to fill their Twitter streams with comments about a television ad campaign that Trivedi ran, which compared Gerlach’s full and well-coiffed head of hair to Trivedi’s relative baldness. It proposed that the candidate with less hair took better stands on the issues.
Voters obviously disagreed, but the ads fueled plenty of comments as election results poured in. “Congratulations to Congressman Jim Gerlach for winning reelection,” Sam Gallen wrote, and added “A good moderate Republican with Reagan hair.” Brian Lehman chipped in: “I was going to vote for Jim Gerlach but then I saw the Manan Trivedi ad saying he has too much hair. #imserious.”
The capper on the discussion may have been this observation by Dan Gross: “Though he lost to Jim Gerlach, shout out to Manan Trivedi for his amusing ads. However he has #Less HairLessVotes.”