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Three candidates emerged from a five-way race as party nominees for two open spots as judges on the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.

Cumberland County First Assistant District Attorney Matt Smith appeared to win the nomination of both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to unofficial election results as of 10:15 p.m. Lisa Grayson, the Cumberland County register of wills, appeared to take the other slot on the Democratic ballot, while private attorney and former prosecutor Kirk Sohonage appeared to take the second spot on the Republican ballot.

With all precincts reporting as of 10:15 p.m. without absentee ballots counted, Smith topped the Republican ballot with 9,289 votes, followed by Sohonage with 7,461 votes, Grayson with 7,003 votes, Derek Clepper with 4,656 votes, Tomasko with 4,318 votes and 76 write-in votes.

On the Democratic side, Grayson finished first with 6,887 votes, followed by Smith with 4,476, Ronald Tomasko with 3,976, Sohonage with 2,485 and 199 write-in votes.

Four candidates cross-filed and appeared on both parties’ ballots, while Clepper appeared only on the Republican ballot.

The top two candidates for each party will appear in the Nov. 5 general election, in which voters will elect two judges to serve on the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.

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