A Mercersburg, Pa., woman appears to have secured enough write-in votes from the April 24 primary election to appear on ballots for the 9th Congressional District seat this fall.
Karen Ramsburg, an independent, ran a write-in campaign for the seat held by Republican Bill Shuster for the past decade. She needed 1,000 votes from Democrats to appear on ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.
The 9th District includes all or part of 15 counties in Pennsylvania.
Unofficial Democratic write-in results from those counties show Ramsburg received approximately 1,400 votes, with about 440 of them from Franklin County, where she lives.
“I feel very appreciative to all the Republican and Democratic voters who wrote my name in on their respective ballots. ... This was a real grassroots effort, one I’m very proud of,” Ramsburg said.
Certified results will not be available until later this week at the earliest, according to Pennsylvania Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman.
County election boards started their counts on April 27, Ruman said.
Ramsburg, who said she received support from postal employees, said she wants to “reach out” to Democrats and Republicans in coming months.
“I just feel we’re in a brutal war for survival, and we need to join together to find solutions,” she said.
Shuster, who lives in Hollidaysburg, Pa., is chairman of the House subcommittee on railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Shuster appeared unopposed on Republican ballots.
Election results were provided by county officials. Numbers are approximate due to spelling variations.
The following are the write-ins on Democratic ballots:
- Bedford County: Shuster 52, Ramsburg 185
- Blair County: Shuster 31, Ramsburg 324
- Cambria County: Shuster 5, Ramsburg 14
- Fayette County: Not available
- Franklin County: Shuster 74, Ramsburg 441
- Fulton County: Shuster 14, Ramsburg 208
- Greene County: Shuster 13, Ramsburg 0
- Huntingdon County: Shuster 10, Ramsburg 15
- Indiana County: Shuster 49, Ramsburg 205
- Somerset County: Shuster 9, Ramsburg 3
- Washington County: Shuster 9, Ramsburg 4
- Westmoreland County: Shuster 9, Ramsburg 0