Rep. Lou Barletta secured his 11th Congressional district seat for another two years, defeating Democratic challenger Gene Stilp with more than 55 percent of the vote.

“I am honored and humbled by the amount of support that I got,” Barletta said. “It will be a privilege representing the district.”

Barletta secured Cumberland County votes during the election, receiving 28,575 votes, compared to Stilp’s 17,442 votes and 75 write-in votes as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Throughout their campaigns, Barletta and Stilp said spending is the government’s biggest problem, but both proposed very different and combative ways of tackling it.

Barletta, the Republican incumbent for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district, said entitlement programs, including Medicare and Social Security, provide constant sources of budgetary bleeding at the federal level. He voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan and supports the continued reform of health care.

Stilp said privatizing Social Security and reforming Medicare wouldn’t serve the best interests of the nation. As a longtime community activist well-known and respected for his role in the “Bonus-gate” scandal, Stilp said he can end the political corruption running rampant in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the end, voters chose Barletta for a second time to join 17 other U.S. House representatives from the state of Pennsylvania.

The newly redistricted 11th Congressional district includes all or part of the following nine counties: Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Northumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Cumberland. The Cumberland County municipalities that fall in the district are those that fall west of Middlesex and Monroe townships. Parts of the Borough of Mechanicsburg and Upper Allen Township also fall in the district. Perry County municipalities that fall in this district are Spring, Carroll, Rye, Penn and Wheatfield townships as well as Marysville.

Stilp could not be reached for comment.

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I know Gene Stilp.Despite redisctricing(there needs to a an nonpartisan commission independent of the General Assembly to do this) and lack of money, Gene did well. I think if the Democrats had funded his campaign better and gave him TV time it would have been much closer. I recommend Ralph Nader's new book that just came out on how to change the system. For example, Nader recommends national chartering of corporations so that the Federal Govenment can better montior them. Be a change maker.

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