Results: DeLissio Wins 194th to be New Roxborough State Rep.
Representative-elect DeLissio wins with about 60 percent of voters.
Capping off nearly a year of campaigning, Pam DeLissio successfully won a seat in the General Assembly and will replace Rep. Kathy Manderino in the 194th District.
With 96 percent of the city and suburban districts reporting, DeLissio carried 61.4 percent of the vote on her way to defeat Republican Tim Downey and Green Party candidate Hugh Giordano.
"I am serious that it takes a village, and in 11 months of campaigning, I have been very clear that it takes a lot of people to support good government. Everyone in the district is an integral part, and [with my election] the dialogue will continue," she said from her victory party at the Centennial Cafe in Fairmont Park.
With family, friends, supporters and her predecessor looking on, the representative-elect waited out results, which greatly favored her.
Divided among Lower Merion and the 21st and 52nd wards in Philadelphia, the 194th District comprises Roxborough and Manayunk. All three candidates are Roxborough residents, and the numbers were closer there.
In the narrowest contest, DeLissio won 46.93 percent of Roxborough's 21st Ward, with Giordano pulling 31.6 percent and Downey 21.44 percent. The 52nd Ward went decidedly DeLissio as about 89 percent of the 4,000 votes cast went her way.
Essentially, Giordano did better in Roxborough and Downey faired well in Lower Merion—splitting the non-Democratic vote.
For Lower Merion, DeLissio carried 3,620 voters to win the three suburban districts. The Republican did much better as Downey received more than 1,700 votes, while Giordano didn't get 400.
Though disappointed, losing candidate Giordano remained positive about his defeat.
"I'm 26, not 55. This is the beginning of something. I've just garnered more votes than any PA. Green Party candidate in a state representative race ever," he said before supporters at the VFW in Roxborough. "I'm absolutely gonna do this again."
At Centennial, DeLissio thanked her supporters.
"It takes a village to elect a candidate... This is a lot of people interested in government. It's a good thing... and it is my privilege to follow in the footsteps—to fill the very big shoes of Kathy Manderino," DeLissio said.
In introducing DeLissio to her volunteers and now-constituents Manderino proposed a toast to her successor.
"Campaigns are never a one-man show. They are a many man and many woman show. You have all been a part of a fabulous show this election season," she said.
Stay tuned for more information.
|Pam DeLissio||Dem.||12,015||61.4 %|
|Tim Downey||Rep.||4,007||20.5 %|
|Hugh Giordano||Green||3,547||18.1 %|