Democrat wins special election in DelCo for Pa. House

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    The special elections are necessary to fill vacancies in the Pennsylvania House.(Photo via ShutterStock)

    A Delaware County special election proves the cliche that every vote does count.

    Only 523 votes separated winner Leanne Krueger-Braneky from Republican Paul Mullen after the tally was done in the contest for the 161st state representative seat in Delaware County. Kruger-Braneky says she knocked on doors to bring out her vote and is now ready to head to Harrisburg to help in the budget stalemate.

    “It’s time to bring tax relief to middle class homeowners and small business owners,” she said after winning. “Two, we saw devistating school funding cuts over the past four years from Gov. Corbett and we have to restore that funding and finally it’s time to have gas drillers pay their fair share.”

    Delaware County Republican Chairman Andy Reilly says indepdendent candidate Lisa Esler siphoned votes away from the GOP nominee Paul Mullen.

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    “In a race where you have two Republicans and one Democrat, you split the vote and even 10 percent of the vote went to the write in candidate, the Tea Party candidate cost us the election,” Reilly said.

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