Politics took center stage Tuesday as voters in both Pennsylvania and Delaware went to the polls in what was described as heavy turnout throughout the day. Votes were cast for Republicans and Democrats vying for party nominations and convention delegate slots.
As expected, Republican Donald J. Trump swept both states and three others, soundly beating Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Democrat Hillary Clinton was victorious over Sen. Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
At press time late Tuesday night, Pennsylvania voters rejected amending the state constitution to extend the retirement age of Supreme Court justices and magisterial district judges from 70 to 75 and accepted the constitutional abolition of Philadelphia’s corruption-laden Traffic Court.
In addition to the top-ticket positions, Delaware County voters were choosing former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak over Katie McGinty, the Obama-endorsed Democratic senate candidate.
Tom Killion appeared to have won the special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican state Sen. Dominic Pileggi (PA-9), who resigned after being elected a judge last year. Killion’s 165th legislative district seat will be contested in November between Republican Alex Charleton, former president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and Democrat Elaine Paul Schaefer.
Celebrating at the Concordville Inn, Killion told The Spirit, “It’s been a great night! We all worked very hard and I’m extremely pleased with the outcome.” He thanked Delaware and Chester counties’ voters for their “support and trust.”
One of the most contested races was the showdown between Democrats Sekela Coles and Margo Davidson in Upper Darby Township’s 164th legislative district.
Coles, an Upper Darby councilwoman, challenged Davidson, a two-term state representative, in a contest that grew personal and nasty at times.
Coles, citing issues with Davidson’s nominating petitions, tried to force her off the ballot and Davidson alleged that Coles’ problems with her stemmed from a past personal relationship.
“Voters are focused on seeing their problems matter and not political games,” Coles told The Spirit days before the election. She said she channeled her energy by “focusing on the issues.”