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By: Sean M. Guay
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The most recently updated voting tallies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania show Republican candidate Doug Mastriano with a nearly 70,000 vote lead over democrat Josh Shapiro based on in-person voting at the polls on Election Day. The official results are expected to be released by the Department of State next week.
Josh Shapiro’s overall vote count is bolstered by one million (1,014,350) mail-in ballots, therefore one-third of the votes counted for Shapiro were from mail-in ballots. Doug Mastriano has received 186,143 mail-in votes. More than 90% of Mastriano’s 2.2 million votes were cast in-person at the polls on Election Day.
Mastriano appeared on a Facebook livestream tonight and said to expect an announcement from him next week when the official election results are released.
Rumors of electioneering in Philadelphia, and evidence of fraud in Pittsburgh precincts have surfaced in the days following Tuesday’s election. Also of concern is the fact that the state voter registration system SURE, the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, went down in the days prior to the election. With no official announcement yet, Pa Republicans are anticipated to challenge the election results in court.
Most Republican voters in Pennsylvania reported they were not required to show identification to vote, only those voting for the first time at that polling place had to show ID, and it did not have to be photo ID.
The count of mail-in ballots received by each candidate has been updated.