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GOP Maintains Dominance in Local Elections

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Republicans continued their dominance in local elections as the lawmakers serving greater Elizabethtown in the state Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives all defeated Democratic challengers.

Republican U.S. Rep Lloyd Smucker won a second term on Tuesday, Nov. 6, defeating Democratic challenger Jess King in a newly redrawn district that includes all of Lancaster County and part of southern York County. Smucker got 160,279 votes, or 58.94 percent, to King’s 111,635 votes, or 41.06 percent, according to unofficial results available on election night. Official results take some time to be certified and usually vary slightly from the results on election night because they include absentee ballots, among other reasons.

Republican State Sen. Ryan P. Aument also won a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Bill Troutman

in the 36th District state Senate race, which covers northern Lancaster County. Aument got 67,626 votes, or 66.34 percent, to Troutman’s 34,312 votes, or 33.66 percent. When Aument was first elected four years earlier, he got 54,058 votes, or 72.32 percent; Democratic nominee Gary Schreckengost got 20,686 votes, or 27.68 percent. The total number of votes cast for both candidates was more than 36 percent higher this year than four years ago.

Republican state Rep. Dave Hickernell, who was first elected in 2000, defeated Democratic challenger Mary Auker-Endres and Libertarian nominee Jim Miller in the 98th District. Hickernell had 14,577 votes, or 64.69 percent; Auker-Endres had 7,419 votes, or 32.93 percent; Miller had 537 votes, or 2.38 percent. The district includes the boroughs of Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, Columbia and Marietta and the Lancaster County townships of West Hempfield, East Donegal, West Donegal and Conoy, plus Londonderry Township, Dauphin County.Hickernell was unopposed in his last election in 2016.

Republican state Rep. Mindy Fee defeated Democratic challenger Suzanne Delahunt in the 37th District race. Fee had 18,490 votes, or 72.7 percent; Delahunt had 6,944 votes, or 27.3 percent. The district includes the boroughs of Manheim, East Petersburgand Denver as well as the townships of Mount Joy, Rapho, Penn, East Hempfield, Elizabeth, Clay and West Cocalico. Fee was also unopposed in the 2016 election.

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