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Middletown was almost evenly split when it came time to choose a governor in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Middletown voters chose Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by only an 18-vote margin in his successful bid to unseat Gov. Tom Corbett, according to unofficial returns.

Wolf, the 65-year-old Democrat from York County, received 996 votes to 978 votes for Corbett, the Republican incumbent, in the borough.

Corbett captured the Third Ward, 353 to 304, but Wolf won the First Ward, 275 to 245, and the Second Ward, 417 to 380, according to unofficial returns.

Most of southeastern Dauphin County was Corbett country.

Corbett captured Lower Swatara Twp., 1,600 to 1,135, and Londonderry Twp. 1,078 to 520, according to unofficial returns.

Royalton also went to Corbett, 172 to 128, as did Hummelstown, 747 to 623.

Wolf won narrowly in Highspire and by a landslide in Steelton. Highspire chose Wolf, 287 to 245. In Steelton, Wolf won easily, 856 to 377.

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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.

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Gov. Tom Corbett has conceded Tuesday's general election to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf.

Both the Associated Press and Bloomburg have reported that Wolf, 65, of York County, has beaten Corbett, based on projections by CNN and CBS.

In a Congressional race that affects Lower Swatara Twp., Highspire and Steelton, incumbent Republican Rep. Lou Barletta held a sizeable lead over Democratic challenger Andy Ostrowski, 84,158 to 48,183 with about half of the district's 95 Dauphin County precincts, most of its Luzerne County precincts and all of its Cumberland, Perry, Carbon, Columbia and Northumberland county precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns. Ballots still were to be counted in Wyoming and Montour counties, as well as five precincts in Luzerne, according to unofficial returns.

In the 98th District, which includes Londonderry Twp., incumbent Republican state Rep. David S. Hickernell led two challengers for his seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Hickernell had 1,834 votes to 935 for Democrat Tony Crocamo and 115 for Green Party candidate Ryan Hazel, with 5 of 29 precincts reporting in Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

Wolf has a sizable lead in Dauphin County, collecting 12,908 votes to Corbett's 7,745 with 55 of 164 precincts reporting, according to county officials.

Wolf captured Middletown's First Ward, beating Corbett 275-245, while Corbett won Middletown's Third Ward, 283-254, according to unofficial returns. Second Ward ballots were still to be counted Tuesday night.
Corbett won Lower Swatara Twp.'s first, third and fourth precincts, with the second precinct still to be counted.

Corbett won in Royalton's Second Ward, 125-88, with First Ward ballots still to be counted.

Wolf took Steelton's Third Ward, 90-27, according to unofficial returns.

Barletta captured Lower Swatara Twp.'s first precinct resoundingly, 676-232, as well as the township's third precinct (392-241) and fourth precinct (367-160), according to unofficial returns. Ballots in the second precinct were still to be counted.

Ostrowski won Steelton's Third Ward, 221-90 and Fourth Ward, 102-37, according to unofficial returns.

The 11th Congressional District also includes a part of Cumberland County, Perry County, Carbon County, Luzerne County and Northumberland County and all of Columbia County, Wyoming County and Montour County.


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Write-in candidate wants a “revolutionary tax war’’

atiyehdennispic10 29 14Submitted photo by Deb Palmieri -- Dennis Atiyeh


A Whitehall man has launched a write-in campaign for a congressional seat representing Middletown, Royalton, Londoneerry Twp. and Hummelstown with the hopes of relieving what he calls an unfair tax burden on Americans in funding all levels of the judicial branch of government.


Dennis Atiyeh has spent the last month campaigning to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Lehigh County, including the placement of campaign ads in the Press And Journal and Hummelstown Sun.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:44

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In Middletown, a debate over the town newsletter

midmatters10 29 14The October issue of Middletown Matters


Apparently, four Middletown Borough Council members and Mayor James H. Curry III aren’t the only ones upset over the October issue of the Middletown Matters newsletter, known as “The Truth Issue.”


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:26

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