Democrats are claiming that Dan DeMarco, their write-in candidate to challenge embattled state Sen. Jane Orie, has the signatures he needs to face her in November. As Early Returns previously reported, Orie tried to outflank the Democratic effort with a write-in ballot of her own, but if the Dems can be believed, she was unsuccessful.
From the release:
Dan DeMarco, candidate for the State Senate, announced today that he has received enough write-in votes in Tuesday’s Primary Election to win the Democratic nomination and to face indicted Senator Jane Orie in the November general election.
At a press conference today at Evergreen Community Park in Ross Township, DeMarco released unofficial election data collected by his campaign from polling places around Pennsylvania's 40th District. The data represented 50 percent of the district’s precincts and 51 percent of the total write-in votes cast on election day. According to the results, DeMarco leads Senator Orie by almost a 4 to 1 margin.
"Our campaign put forward an amazing election day effort, and almost 6,000 write-in votes were cast for this Senate race. Although we are still awaiting official results from the Allegheny and Butler County elections bureaus, it would be statistically impossible for Jane Orie to overcome this deficit with the remaining votes left to be counted," said DeMarco. "We have a 99 percent confidence level in our data and expect this trend to continue throughout the rest of the precincts."
DeMarco added, "This write-in victory suggests that voters are fed up with 'business-as-usual' in Harrisburg and that they want to have an open discussion of the issues facing Pennsylvania. In this election, the voters are sending a message loud and clear that they don’t want to give an incumbent a free ride back to Harrisburg, especially an indicted one."