Here’s an update to The Post’s initial report:
NORRITSOWN PA – The fight apparently is not over in the election for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 146th House District.
Republican incumbent Tom Quigley, who appeared Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) to have lost the contest by a slim margin, said Wednesday (Nov. 7) he’s not yet ready to say the race is ended. Quigley received word that an unknown number of absentee ballots have yet to be tallied by the Montgomery County Board of Elections, and he intends to learn the outcome of those before making any decision on a concession to Democrat challenger Mark Painter.
Results from the county board initially pointed to Painter as the seat’s winner, but they are deemed unofficial until certified. Additional results in the race may be available next week.
The Post’s original story, published Wednesday at 6:34 a.m.:
NORRISTOWN PA – Democrat Mark Painter, in a repeat challenge against incumbent Republican Tom Quigley, won an election upset Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) as Pennsylvania House representative for the 146th District, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
With all 24 voting precincts reporting, the county reported Painter won with 14,801 votes (50.37 percent) to Quigley’s 14,585 voes (49.63 percent). Although Quigley was reported to have conceded the race, Politics PA noted “there may be absentee and provisional ballots outstanding” that could potentially make the contest tighter.
The district includes Lower, Upper, and West Pottsgrove, and Limerick townships, part of New Hanover Township, and Pottstown and Royersford boroughs.
It was Painter’s second bid for the seat – he also was Quigley’s opponent two years ago – but observers said his slim coat-tail victory in this year’s contest seemed driven by the statewide success of Democrat President Barack Obama. Painter’s winning margin was 216 votes of more than 29,000 cast.
Painter’s win apparently caught even some of his ardent supporters by surprise. “Mark Painter won? Holy hell, congratulations,” Molly Gunson cried late Tuesday night on Twitter. “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Painter, a Stowe native and Pottstown High School graduate, is an attorney who specializes in special education law. He also has served as tax collector in Limerick. Quigley, whose district office is located on East High Street in Sanatoga, has served in the House seat since 2004. He previously was mayor of Royersford.