"It's a bloodbath"- G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., a noted analyst of Pennsylvania politics
Pay raise dooms top senators
Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R., Blair) and Majority Leader David J. Brightbill (R., Lebanon) - who together have served 56 years in the Senate - were defeated in two of the most costly legislative races in history....At least a dozen other incumbents appeared headed toward defeat in what would mark the largest legislative turnover in a primary in more than 30 years.
Locally: If there was a single local race where voter outrage over the legislative pay raise was likeliest to turn up Tuesday, it was the one involving Democratic state Rep. Fred Belardi....
He was the only incumbent Lackawanna County state legislator facing a challenger. Although Fred Belardi might still be around for a fall rematch if he won a Republican write-in candidacy, Democrats showed their dismay with the 14-term representative from the city’s Hill Section and nominated restaurant owner Ken Smith, of Dunmore, to be their candidate for the 112th Legislative District seat.
PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly who lost during the primary election. Some races remain too close to call.
David J. Brightbill, R-Lebanon, majority leader.
Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, president pro tempore.
House of Representatives:
Gibson C. Armstrong, R-Lancaster.Roy E. Baldwin, R-Lancaster.Fred Belardi, D-Lackawanna.Teresa E. Forcier, R-Crawford.Dennis E. Leh, R-Berks.Stephen R. Maitland, R-Adams.Frank J. Pistella, D-Allegheny.Kenneth W. Ruffing, D-Allegheny.Paul W. Semmel, R-Lehigh.Thomas L. Stevenson, R-Allegheny.Peter J. Zug, R-Lebanon.
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