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Barletta holds big lead in Congressional race

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who represents Lower Swatara Twp., Highspire and Steelton in Congress, held a big lead over a Democratic challenger on Tuesday, Nov. 4, one day after undergoing a medical procedure at Penn State Hershey Medical Center to clear blockage from his right carotid artery.

Barletta did not participate in Election Day activities, according to a statement from his office on Tuesday. Still, the Republican incumbent held a 106,566 to 53,097 lead over challenger Andy Ostrowski with most of the precincts in his sprawling 11th Congressional District reporting, according to unofficial returns.

Barletta led in Dauphin County, 25,405 to 15,602 with 86 of the district's 95 county precincts reporting.

Barletta's overall lead includes 123 of the 128 precincts in Luzerne County as well as all the precincts in Cumberland, Perry, Carbon, Columbia and Northumberland counties, according to unofficial returns. Results do not include ballots cast in Wyoming and Montour counties.

Barletta won in Lower Swatara Twp., 1,860 to 827, according to unofficial returns. He also captured Highspire, 281-138.
Ostrowski won Steelton, 731 to 473, according to unofficial returns.

Barletta was resting comfortably on Tuesday following his medical procedure to clear a plaque buildup in his right carotid artery, according to the statement from his office. "This will not interfere with the duties of his office,'' the statement said.