Pa. GOP candidate wins special election

September 30, 2009 10:53:16 AM PDT
Republicans retained their 10-seat majority in the state Senate after GOP Rep. Bob Mensch handily won a special election to fill a vacant seat. Returns from all 123 precincts in the southeastern Pennsylvania district showed Mensch won 12,496 votes, or 66 percent. The Democratic candidate, Lansdale councilwoman Anne Scheuring, had 5,730 votes, or 30 percent, and Libertarian Party candidate Barbara Steever attracted 660 votes, or 3.5 percent.

The 24th Senate District includes parts of Montgomery, Lehigh, Bucks and Northampton counties.

Mensch will complete the term of former Sen. Rob Wonderling, a Republican who resigned to become president and chief executive of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Mensch's victory keeps the Senate lineup at 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats.

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