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Scott Perry is area's new representative in Congress; he narrowly won in Middletown

Posted 11/7/18

Southern Dauphin County will have a new representative in Congress.

In a tightly contested race in the new 10th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry defeated Democrat George Scott on …

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Scott Perry is area's new representative in Congress; he narrowly won in Middletown

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Southern Dauphin County will have a new representative in Congress.

In a tightly contested race in the new 10th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry defeated Democrat George Scott on Tuesday. With 99 percent of votes counted, the totals were 148,790 for Perry and 140,956 for Scott, of Franklin Township, York County.

Perry, a Republican, currently represents the 4th Congressional District, but new election maps put all of Dauphin County in one district starting Jan. 1, 2019. He served three terms as a state representative before winning in the 4th Congressional District in 2013.

“I feel great, but we have a lot of work to do, so tomorrow we will start working,” Perry told WGAL. “This is what we ran for, and we are just so thrilled about the campaign that we ran, the volunteers, the support from Dauphin, York and Cumberland County.”

The area was going to have new representation in the U.S. House regardless of the new district.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta ran for U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent Bob Casey. Barletta’s 11th District covers part of Dauphin County, including Lower Swatara Township, until the change in January. The rest of Dauphin County, including Middletown, is part of the 15th Congressional District until January. That seat was held since 2005 by Republican Charlie Dent, until Dent stepped down in May.

The new 10th Congressional District was created after a state Supreme Court decision rejected as unconstitutional the districts that were drawn in 2011.

“We made it farther than anyone expected. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this movement,” Scott posted on his campaign Facebook page early Wednesday. “We have put South Central Pennsylvania on the map, and what we have done will never be forgotten.”

Middletown

Perry barely won within Middletown. Scott won two of the six precincts, and lost by just 9 votes in a third. Perry had 1,402 votes overall in the borough, and Scott had 1,378.

1st Ward, 1st Precinct: 146-121 for Scott.

1st Ward, 2nd Precinct: 242-233 for Perry.

2nd Ward, 1st Precinct: 312-272 for Perry.

2nd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 341-257 for Scott.

3rd Ward, 1st Precinct: 207-167 for Perry.

3rd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 263-210 for Perry.

Lower Swatara Township

Perry had some narrow margins of victory in Lower Swatara Township but overall saw strong support. He won the 1st Precinct, 749-413; the 2nd Precinct, 507-322; the 3rd Precinct, 470-462; and the 4th Precinct, 409-267.

Londonderry Township

Perry ran very well in Londonderry, taking the 1st Precinct, 556-261, the 2nd Precinct, 604-244, and the 3rd Precinct, 305-126.

Royalton

Perry easily won both wards, 87-45 in the 1st and 186-133 in the 2nd.