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Incumbents sweep the election

— In NE Philly, no sur­prises in races for Con­gress and state House and Sen­ate seats.

Allyson Schwartz (cen­ter) , Chaka Fat­tah (left) and Mi­chael Nut­ter (right) at the elec­tion headquar­ters at War­wick hotel in Cen­ter City Phil­adelphia on Novem­ber 6, 2012, elec­tion night. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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Elec­tion res­ults 11-7

Elec­tion Day be­longed to the in­cum­bents in North­east Phil­adelphia, as voters re­hired loc­al mem­bers of Con­gress and the state le­gis­lature for an­oth­er term.

And none of the con­tests were es­pe­cially close.

In the area U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives races, Reps. Bob Brady (D-1st dist.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.) cruised to vic­tory.

Mean­while, state Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.) over­whelmed Mike Tom­lin­son.

In races for the Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, Reps. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.), Ed Neilson (D-169th dist.), Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) and John Taylor (R-177th dist.) were big win­ners.

Steve Mc­Carter will suc­ceed fel­low Demo­crat Larry Curry in the 154th dis­trict, hav­ing beaten Re­pub­lic­an Mark Sirin­ides.

The fol­low­ing loc­al can­did­ates, all Demo­crats, were un­op­posed: State Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen (3rd dis­trict), Reps. Brendan Boyle (170th), Mike McGee­han (173rd), John Sabat­ina Jr. (174th), Mark Co­hen (202nd) and Dwight Evans (203rd) and James “Scoot” Clay in the 179th dis­trict.

Here is a closer look at some of the most-watched loc­al races:

13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict

Rep. Allyson Schwartz calmly and con­fid­ently awaited elec­tion res­ults at a Cen­ter City hotel ball­room fes­tooned with bal­loons and tele­vi­sions set to MS­N­BC’s cov­er­age.

“On big policy is­sues and loc­al is­sues, my con­stitu­ents know I rep­res­ent their in­terests and val­ues,” she said. “I’m cer­tainly proud of the work I’ve done. We did a lot of work … house parties, signs, door knock­ing.”

Schwartz dis­missed spec­u­la­tion that this could be her last term and that she may run for an­oth­er of­fice, such as gov­ernor or U.S. Sen­ate.

“I hope not,” she said. “I’ve been ef­fect­ive as a mem­ber of Con­gress.”

Rooney said he learned a lot in his first run for Con­gress.

“The No. 1 thing I’ve taken out of this thing is the power of in­cum­bency,” he said. He said Schwartz was able to “push around the news­pa­pers, push around the civic as­so­ci­ations. Even with­in my own party, it is hard con­vin­cing them that Schwartz can be beaten.”

Rooney did not rule out an­oth­er run.

“I know enough now to start a really good cam­paign. I’ve es­tab­lished a good net­work of people.” 

5th Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict

More than 100 sup­port­ers greeted state Sen. Mike Stack at Randi’s res­taur­ant in Bustleton shortly after 8:30 p.m. About an hour later, the sen­at­or was claim­ing a “re­sound­ing, re­sound­ing” vic­tory over Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Mike Tom­lin­son.

The three-term in­cum­bent won more than 71 per­cent of the vote.

Stack thanked or­gan­ized labor, in­clud­ing car­penters, Team­sters, steam­fit­ters and sprink­ler-fit­ters, as well as the city’s po­lice and fire­fight­ers uni­ons, for de­liv­er­ing him key votes, even in largely Re­pub­lic­an di­vi­sions.

“Labor is in the house. We can’t do it without labor,” Stack said. “We’ve al­ways said, ‘Our labor will beat your labor.’ ”

Ac­cord­ing to Stack’s elec­tion co­ordin­at­or, Mike Kates, Demo­crats hold a roughly 60-to-40 voter-re­gis­tra­tion edge in the dis­trict, but many Re­pub­lic­ans switched parties to vote for the sen­at­or.

An early in­dic­at­or was the 58th Ward, 39th Di­vi­sion.

“It’s a very Re­pub­lic­an ward that came out four-to-one for [Stack],” Kates said.

169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

Rep. Ed Neilson was on the phone with his op­pon­ent as he hur­ried in­to his cam­paign headquar­ters at Grant and Academy last night at 9:15.

Re­pub­lic­an Dave Kralle had called him to con­cede the con­test, Neilson said.

The Mill­brook Demo­crat, look­ing at res­ults from 30 of the Far North­east dis­trict’s 60 vot­ing di­vi­sions, knew he was ahead by the time he got the call.

“Places where I shouldn’t have won, I won,” Neilson said. “I’ve been blessed.”

Kralle, 26, who also had in­com­plete num­bers by about 9:25 p.m., said he had lost every ward. The top of the GOP tick­et, he said, also was los­ing badly in the city.

The young Re­pub­lic­an prom­ised to con­tin­ue to stay in­volved with neigh­bor­hood is­sues and said he offered to help Neilson in any way he could.

“I’m not go­ing any­where,” the Nor­mandy res­id­ent said.

Both men ran for a seat that will likely evap­or­ate in a couple of years. The 169th will leave the city be­cause of the once-in-a-dec­ade re­con­fig­ur­a­tion of le­gis­lat­ive dis­tricts tied to pop­u­la­tion shifts. It likely will take form again in fast-grow­ing York County, leav­ing Neilson, 49, a man without a con­stitu­ency in 2014 un­less the state’s Su­preme Court says oth­er­wise.

Re­pub­lic­an Denny O’Bri­en rep­res­en­ted the dis­trict for more than 30 years, but gave it up in 2011 after win­ning a City Coun­cil at-large seat.

172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

Demo­crat­ic Rep. Kev­in Boyle crushed Re­pub­lic­an Al Tauben­ber­ger with nearly 70 per­cent of the vote.

“I’m shocked. I didn’t think I’d get close to sev­enty per­cent. I’m flab­ber­gas­ted by the ma­jor­ity. Our polling was al­ways very high, but I thought it would be sixty-forty,” said Boyle, who de­clared vic­tory shortly be­fore 9:30 p.m. at Benny the Bum’s.

Tauben­ber­ger saw the de­press­ing num­bers at Cpl. John Loudensla­ger Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 366.

“I gave everything I could to win. I knocked on ten-thou­sand doors. But the num­bers are not any­where close,” he said.

Tauben­ber­ger said Boyle had the power of in­cum­bency and ran an ef­fect­ive cam­paign.

“I con­grat­u­late him,” he said.

177th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

Rep. John Taylor thanked a crowd of more than 100 sup­port­ers and cam­paign vo­lun­teers at the United Re­pub­lic­an Club in Kens­ing­ton after win­ning his 15th elec­tion. He took 57 per­cent of the vote to de­feat Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger Wil­li­am Dun­bar. 

“They worked hard, we worked a little harder,” Taylor said of the Dun­bar cam­paign. ldquo;When the com­pet­i­tion’s there, I think it’s good for the neigh­bor­hood.”

Taylor said that, when he gets back to work, he will take on new com­plaints from his con­stitu­ents.

“We col­lec­ted a lot of prob­lems on Elec­tion Day from people say­ing, “Why don’t you fix this, do that,’ ” he said. ••

Wil­li­am Ken­ney, John Loftus, Tom War­ing, Sam Ne­w­house and Larry Keller con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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