By JENNIFER FITCH
9:43 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, will have a Democratic challenger in his bid for re-election this fall.
A Gettysburg, Pa., man who announced a last-minute write-in campaign prior to the April 24 primary election appears to have secured enough votes to run in the Nov. 6 general election.
Unofficial election results indicate Bruce Neylon had approximately 1,021 votes and will appear on ballots for Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District.
Alloway, who was first elected in 2008, appeared unopposed on Republican primary ballots.
Both Neylon (a Democrat) and Mercersburg, Pa., resident James B. “Jim” Taylor (a Republican) ran write-in campaigns for Alloway’s seat.
County election boards are reviewing write-in votes from the primary election this week to submit results to the Pennsylvania Department of State. The state will verify results before announcing official winners in races that cross county lines, such as the 33rd Senate District seat.
Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said her county’s election officials have finished cumulating write-in votes. The Adams County Elections Board posted its results online.
York County expects to submit its information to the state on Monday, according to Nikki Suchanick, director of elections and voter registration.
In Franklin County, Neylon accumulated approximately 126 write-in votes from Democrats. Taylor had about 439 under various spellings of his name. Alloway had 367.
In Adams County, Neylon received 788 write-in votes from Democrats. Taylor had 29, and Alloway had 117.
In York County, seven precincts from the Dover, Pa., area vote for the 33rd Senate District, Suchanick said.
York County Democrats cast 107 write-in votes for Neylon, three for Taylor and seven for Alloway, Suchanick said.
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