Adcock vs. Boyle for congressional seat

New coun­cil­man: Demo­crat Ed Neilson, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from the North­east, took 79 per­cent of the vote in City Coun­cil at-large race. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict race is down to swim­ming pool com­pany own­er Dee Ad­cock, a Re­pub­lic­an, and Demo­crat­ic state Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Ad­cock, who gave a strong show­ing against Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz in 2010, de­feated Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser, a re­tired U.S. Air Force col­on­el, with about 66 per­cent of the vote.

In Phil­adelphia, Ad­cock won 54 per­cent of the vote. He rolled up 71 per­cent in Mont­gomery County.

In a Face­book post­ing, Ad­cock thanked his vo­lun­teers and those who voted for him.

“I’d like to re­cog­nize Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser and her team for run­ning a great race and ap­pre­ci­ate her ser­vice to our coun­try. Be­cause of her ef­forts, we are a bet­ter and stronger team as we look to­ward Novem­ber.”

In a Face­book post­ing, Plosa-Bow­ser said she did not have the money to make her case. She en­dorsed Ad­cock.

“I want to en­cour­age every­one who sup­por­ted my cam­paign to unite be­hind our party’s nom­in­ee.”

Boyle won a sur­pris­ingly easy vic­tory in the Demo­crat­ic primary, de­clar­ing vic­tory at Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 headquar­ters on Car­oline Road.

Boyle, the only Phil­adelphi­an in the race, had about 41 per­cent of the over­all vote, fol­lowed by former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies with 27 per­cent, state Sen. Daylin Leach with 17 per­cent and Dr. Val Arkoosh with 15 per­cent.

Boyle took al­most 70 per­cent of the vote in Phil­adelphia. Mar­gol­ies, who had the sup­port of five ward lead­ers, was a dis­tant second with 18 per­cent. Arkoosh took 8 per­cent, while Leach - who grew up in the city - man­aged just 5 per­cent.

Boyle did bet­ter in Mont­gomery County than he ex­pec­ted. He was run­ning last, but tak­ing about 16 per­cent of the vote. Mar­gol­ies led the way with 35 per­cent, fol­lowed by Leach (27 per­cent) and Arkoosh (22 per­cent). All three live in the county.

The seat is open be­cause Schwartz ran for gov­ernor. Schwartz is the only wo­man, Mont­gomery County res­id­ent and Jew­ish per­son in the Pennsylvania con­gres­sion­al del­eg­a­tion.

All four Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates were well fun­ded, wheth­er it came through tra­di­tion­al fun­drais­ing, con­tri­bu­tions from their own for­tunes or dona­tions from su­per PACs.

In an email mes­sage to sup­port­ers, Mar­gol­ies said, “My hope is that young wo­men con­tin­ue to take to the polit­ic­al play­ing field, to be fear­less, to risk per­son­al de­feat in our col­lect­ive at­tempt to get more wo­men a seat at the table. I will nev­er stop fight­ing to em­power wo­men, and I hope that you will not stop in­vest­ing your time and re­sources in the tal­en­ted wo­men who will risk much to move all of us for­ward.”

Arkoosh wanted to bring a “dif­fer­ent kind of voice to Con­gress.”

“I hope we can con­tin­ue that same spir­it work­ing to­geth­er to bring new people with new ideas to the table,” she wrote to sup­port­ers on Face­book.

Boyle por­trayed his op­pon­ents as “Mont­gomery County mil­lion­aires.” In one of his mail­ings, the oth­er three can­did­ates were pic­tured on mil­lion-dol­lar bills.

The oth­er three can­did­ates ques­tioned Boyle’s sup­port of abor­tion.

After Boyle’s win, NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­ica Pres­id­ent Ilyse Hogue said, “Brendan Boyle spent much of this cam­paign tap dan­cing around votes he took that would throw road­b­locks in front of wo­men seek­ing re­pro­duct­ive health care, for one reas­on only: he knows those po­s­i­tions are los­ing ones. We’re proud of the work that we did to ex­pose his true re­cord to voters in his dis­trict, and we ex­pect him to abide by his new-found com­mit­ment to these is­sues. He made prom­ises to voters, and you can be sure we’ll be watch­ing closely to see that he keeps them.”

Here is a run­down on the oth­er races:

• 172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Demo­crat­ic Rep. Kev­in Boyle won 92 per­cent of the vote against mil­it­ary vet­er­an Jef­frey Voice.

• 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Demo­crat­ic Rep. Mike McGee­han is not seek­ing an­oth­er term.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Mike Tom­lin­son.

Mike Driscoll took 63 per­cent of the vote to best Den­nis Kilderry (22 per­cent) and Paul DeFinis (16 per­cent) for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion.

“I’m thrilled,” Driscoll said. “I’ve al­ways wanted to serve North­east Phil­adelphia.”

• 202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict: Long­time state Rep. Mark Co­hen beat back an ag­gress­ive chal­lenge from loc­al civic as­so­ci­ation lead­er Jared So­lomon to win the Demo­crat­ic Party’s nom­in­a­tion.

With all of the vote coun­ted, Co­hen, a Castor Gar­dens res­id­ent who has rep­res­en­ted the dis­trict for 40 years, pulled 2,252 votes to So­lomon’s 2,109.

• City Coun­cil at-large: Demo­crat Ed Neilson, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from the North­east, beat Re­pub­lic­an Matt Wolfe, a law­yer and ward lead­er from West Phil­adelphia, and Liber­tari­an Nikki Al­len Poe.

Neilson took 79 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Wolfe with 15 per­cent and Poe with 5 per­cent.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell Clarke on the is­sues fa­cing the city,” he said.

Neilson will rep­res­ent the en­tire city.

“I’ve got to be in every com­munity,” he said. “It’s very chal­len­ging, but I’m up to the chal­lenge.”

Wolfe, who was en­dorsed by the Phil­adelphia In­quirer, will run again next year to try to win one of two seats guar­an­teed to the minor­ity-party Re­pub­lic­ans.

• Bal­lot ques­tions: City voters de­cided to ap­prove two changes to the Home Rule Charter. However, they re­jec­ted a pro­posed change that would have al­lowed city elec­ted of­fi­cials to re­main on the job while they seek a high­er of­fice. By a count of 54 per­cent to 46 per­cent, the meas­ure failed. Matt Wolfe was the lead­ing op­pon­ent of the failed charter change, which he called a “power grab.”

• Gov­ernor: Tom Wolf eas­ily won the Demo­crat­ic primary and will face Gov. Tom Corbett, who was un­op­posed on the Re­pub­lic­an side.

Wolf, a wealthy York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue, won every county in the state.

With most of the votes coun­ted, Wolf had 58 per­cent, fol­lowed by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (18 per­cent), State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord (17 per­cent) and former state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Sec­ret­ary Katie Mc­Ginty (8 per­cent).

Schwartz, the early fron­trun­ner, called Wolf to con­cede be­fore she ad­dressed sup­port­ers at a hotel in Cen­ter City Phil­adelphia.

“I wished him the best and told him he has my full sup­port in beat­ing Tom Corbett this Novem­ber,” she said.

Mc­Ginty is­sued a state­ment on elec­tion night also back­ing Wolf.

“I want to con­grat­u­late Tom for run­ning a great cam­paign and a well-earned vic­tory to­night. And I want to make it clear right now – I whole­heartedly en­dorse Tom Wolf, and I will be all in to help Tom Wolf de­feat Tom Corbett in Novem­ber,” she said.

Wolf’s run­ning mate will be state Sen. Mike Stack. Stack, of Phil­adelphia, star­ted the elec­tion cycle go­ing for his party’s gubernat­ori­al nom­in­a­tion. He had a fin­an­cial edge on the field of five, hav­ing car­ried over money from his Sen­ate and gov­ernor ac­counts. He also was lis­ted first on the bal­lot.

With al­most all of the vote coun­ted, Stack had 47 per­cent, fol­lowed by former con­gress­man Mark Critz (16 per­cent), Brad­ford County Com­mis­sion Mark Smith (15 per­cent), Har­ris­burg City Coun­cil­man Brad Kopl­in­ski (12 per­cent) and state Rep. Brandon Neu­man (11 per­cent). ••

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