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Cantorna Unofficially Claims Republican Nomination for DA

by on June 01, 2017 2:55 PM

Centre County District Attorney candidate Bernie Cantorna won the Democratic primary on May 16, securing 70 percent of votes against incumbent Stacy Parks Miller.

On Thursday, he said he believes he has received 80 percent of the write-in votes on the Republican ballot, where no candidate ran.

Cantorna said in a statement that he successfully petitioned the Centre County Court of Common Pleas to accept 606 write-in votes in which his name was misspelled. More than 3,000 write-in votes were already unofficially counted for Cantorna. Previous reports indicated Cantorna had a comfortable lead in the write-in campaign.

Write-in totals have not yet been certified, but it's now a near certainty that November's general election will be a formality before Cantorna becomes the next DA.

In 2013, when Parks Miller ran unopposed and there was no candidate on the Republican ballot, 1,141 Republican write-in votes were cast. This year, 4,570 write-ins were cast by 9,183 voters.

"I am humbled by this outpouring of support,” Cantorna said. “With 80 percent from the Republicans in addition to almost 70 percent from the Democrats, we have the great privilege of a bipartisan endorsement for reform in the District Attorney’s office. The citizens of Centre County have my pledge that my District Attorney’s office will not play politics — ever.”

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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