By ERIC SLAGLE
Daily News Staff Writer
It looks like an upset in the 39th Legislative District with longtime
Democrat David Levdansky saying the
race was too close to call and his challenger, Republican Rick Saccone,
declaring a tentative victory late Tuesday night.
“I won Washington County,” said Saccone after a long night that showed
him, unofficially, losing to Levdansky
in Allegheny County by a vote of 8,089 to 7,896. Saccone said his
unofficial returns from Washington County, however, showed him bettering
Levdansky by a vote of 2,578 to 2,252,
thus giving him 106 more total votes.
Levdansky, who had figures at his
campaign headquarters in Elizabeth that showed him trailing Saccone by a
closer margin, said he wasn’t going to concede the loss or declare
victory until the official vote count is in.
“This is a couple of dozen votes,” Levdansky
said at one point during the evening. Later, a supporter presented
numbers that showed Levdansky losing by
a single vote. Levdansky contended the difference in votes was less than
1 percent of the total votes cast and said of determining a winner, “It
might be a recount.” Levdansky, 56, of
Forward Township, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and has been
in office since 1985.
Saccone, 52, of Elizabeth Township, is a former U.S. Air Force
counterintelligence officer and special agent and an assistant professor
of political science at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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