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Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

A tree was uprooted and fell toward a house along Route 34 in South Middleton Township Tuesday during a severe thunderstorm.

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Scott, Perry to face off for newly drawn 10th Congressional district

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, has not faced a general election for Congress that he has not won handily, but that may change this November.

Perry, who was unopposed while seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary, will square off against George Scott for the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

Scott won the Democratic nomination by garnering about 37 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results reported by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

York County resident Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson came in second with roughly 35 percent of the vote, according the Department of State.

Scott and Corbin-Johnson were also the number one and two vote earners in Cumberland County, with Scott receiving 3,889 votes in the county, and Corbin-Johnson receiving 2,711 votes.

Scott is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and served in the CIA before moving to York County in 2009 to become a Lutheran pastor, according to a news release issued by his campaign. In a news release, Scott argued he was running on a platform of creating better paying jobs, making public schools stronger and holding President Donald Trump accountable.

Notably, Scott’s campaign ran a television advertisement showing him taking apart an AR-15 style rifle and throwing it in a fire.

The new 10th Congressional District includes all of Dauphin County, the eastern half of Cumberland County and the northern portion of York County down to York City.

The district map was redrawn earlier this year after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the map drawn in 2011 was unconstitutional.

Perry won his most recent reelection in 2016 by beating his Democratic opponent, Joshua Burkholder, by more than 32 percentage points, according to Politico. During that election the district included Adams and York counties and portions of Cumberland County.

However, the partisan divide in the new 10th Congressional District appears to be much tighter.

Trump held a roughly 8 point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the major party vote for the newly formed district in 2016, according to an analysis of voting records conducted by The Sentinel.

Scott’s campaign spent less than nearly all other Democratic candidates, spending roughly $4 per vote, compared to Camp Hill resident Eric Ding who placed third and spent more than $100,000, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

This equates to roughly $15 per vote for Ding.

Carlisle resident Alan Howe came in fourth in the four-person race, taking 11 percent of the vote.

“When I started this campaign over 15 months ago, I told my wife and my volunteers that if all we were trying to do was replace a name on a door with my name and fell short, we would have accomplished nothing,” Howe said. “Instead, we made this campaign a continuation of the effort to increase the number of educated, informed voters. ... My campaign volunteers and my wife and I are proud of the ethical, voter-focused campaign we have run, and I am grateful for the support the voters have given us.”

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

Voters arrive at the polls at North Middleton Township Fire Department.

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Wagner is GOP pick to challenge Wolf

HARRISBURG — State senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner won Tuesday’s three-way Republican primary contest to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, capping a personal spending spree that helped make Wagner the front-runner and the GOP’s endorsed candidate.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, Mike Stack became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary.

John Fetterman won the five-way Democratic primary.

The Braddock mayor’s victory means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.

Wolf last year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.

In the Republican primary, Jeff Bartos was nominated for lieutenant governor, coming out on top in a four-way race. He had been campaigning as a team with Wagner, whom he will join on November’s ticket.

Wagner defeated two first-time candidates from the Pittsburgh area, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, surviving weeks of Mango’s sharp-elbowed attack ads that painted Wagner as sleazy, greedy and a “deadbeat dad.”

Along the way, Wagner pumped more than $10 million of his own cash into his campaign, and he spread hundreds of thousands more around the state since last year to boost GOP committees and candidates.

Mango, a former health care systems consultant, fell short despite seizing the mantle of conservatism and spending $7 million of his own on the campaign. Ellsworth, a commercial litigation attorney, never mustered that kind of cash, and she and Mango were relative unknowns when they began their campaigns.

Tuesday’s victory for Wagner sets up a November election between two York County residents who made millions of dollars in business before entering politics, although their similarities don’t go much further.

Wagner is brash — “I am going to be the next governor, take that to the bank,” he said last year — and has a penchant for off-the-cuff speaking that makes him a magnet for controversy. Wolf is soft-spoken and chooses his words carefully.

Wagner, 62, never graduated from college and says he “barely” got through high school. Wolf, 69, has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wagner fashions himself as a garbage man coming to clean up a profligate state government that chokes the economy with regulations and taxes. He singles out public-sector labor unions as a particular target of his vitriol and has inspired comparisons to President Donald Trump.

Wagner has compiled one of the Senate’s most conservative voting records, although he occasionally goes against GOP orthodoxy on issues, such as supporting an increase in the minimum wage.

Wolf likely will attack Wagner as posing a danger to programs for children, schools and seniors, while Wagner likely will attack Wolf as a serial tax hiker, an out-of-touch elitist and a lousy leader.

The governor leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall with midterm political winds at his back.

Wolf’s polling numbers suggest he is in a comfortable spot to seek re-election, political scientists say, and he has worked to show that he can deftly operate the levers of government despite butting heads inside the state Capitol with huge Republican legislative majorities.

Wolf also will have a big cash advantage: Wolf headed into May with $14 million in his campaign account, while Wagner reported $2.2 million.

State House races close locally

Races for two open seats in the state assembly came down to a handful of votes in unofficial results, with absentee ballots turning the tide in one.

Barbara Gleim and Jason Kelso exchanged the lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the 199th Legislative District several times as results came in Tuesday evening. Unofficial results initially listed Kelso as the winner with all precincts reporting with 2,955 votes to Gleim’s 2,926, a difference of 29 votes.

Then, the absentee ballots were added. With 114 absentee votes, Gleim more than doubled up on Kelso’s 56 absentee votes, bringing the final total to 3,040 votes for Gleim and 3,011 for Kelso, with 19 write-ins yet to be counted in unofficial results.

“I’m a little bit shocked both ways right now,” Kelso said, adding that he went through a range of emotions as he went from being up by 29 to being down by 29.

He said he “obviously can’t concede,” given the close margin, and will wait to see if there’s a recount or if there would be a second look at absentee ballots.

Still, he was thankful for the volunteers who helped him throughout what he called a positive campaign conducted by both candidates.

“I had a very good experience throughout the whole thing,” he said. “I knew it was an uphill battle throughout the campaign.”

"As we all await confirmation of the outcome of the election for the 199th District, I’d like to congratulate Jason Kelso and his team for an extremely professional and hard-fought race," Gleim said in a released statement Wednesday. "Both teams worked very hard and with integrity. We were able to keep the race respectful to the voters and focused on the issues, and for that I am extremely proud.

"I had the support of an amazing group of volunteers and want to thank all of my many supporters. I am humbled by their confidence and their generosity."

Sherwood McGinnis is the only Democrat on the ballot for the 199th.

The two were seeking the nomination for the seat left vacant by Rep. Stephen Bloom, who ran unsuccessfully for the 13th Congressional District nomination.

The race to replace Rep. Will Tallman in the 193rd Legislative District came down to a single vote in unofficial results on the state’s website.

With 100 percent of the precincts in Adams and Cumberland counties reporting, Barry Cockley had 1,783 votes to Torren Ecker’s 1,782. John Wardle, the only Cumberland County candidate, finished third with 1,536 votes, and Andrew Myers fourth with 1,404 votes.

Democrat Matthew Nelson ran unopposed in his primary.

Check back with for continuing coverage of the primary election.

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Joyce wins GOP 13th District race

Dr. John Joyce, a Blair County dermatologist, narrowly came out on top in Tuesday night’s crowded field for the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District.

Joyce received 14,603 votes, about 22 percent of the 66,519 ballots cast in the GOP primary. The votes were split among eight candidates.

The race’s only two sitting elected officials — state Rep. Stephen Bloom and state Sen. John Eichelberger — came close to topping Joyce, with 12,186 and 13,089 votes, respectively.

However, Joyce’s late-breaking campaign was aided by copious amounts of cash, most of it Joyce’s. Through April 25, his campaign took in $518,492. Of this, $461,000 consisted of loans to the campaign from Joyce himself, according to federal election filings.

Joyce has spent $325,642, according to federal election filings, leaving him with a $192,850 war chest heading into the general election, where he will likely face Brent Ottaway, the sole contender for the Democratic nomination.

The 13th District is an open field, given the retirement of Congressman Bill Shuster — the only potential incumbent in the district after it was re-drawn by the state Supreme Court in the recent gerrymandering decision.

The district stretches from the western half of Cumberland County to the eastern end of Westmoreland County, including all of Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Huntingdon, Blair and Somerset counties, as well as a small part of Cambria County.

However, the partisan preference of the new district is unlikely to change. Shuster’s old 9th Congressional District swung for Donald Trump in the 2016 general election by 43 points; the new 13th District would have swung Republican by 46 points if it existed in 2016, according to data published by the New York Times.

Joyce’s financial disclosure with the U.S. House of Representatives indicates he holds stakes in a number of companies throughout the state, including natural gas drillers, a metals manufacturer and physical therapy clinics. He also earned $641,841 in salary last year from Altoona Dermatology Associates.