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As Simmons Calls for Concession, Deely Starts Recount Fund Campaign

In an open letter to supporters, 131st District challenger Kevin Deely looks to raise funds for a recount while incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons calls for him to concede.

With the election less than 48 hours behind them and the race still up in the air, Kevin Deely is asking supporters for help in a possible recount of the 131st state House race. 

Deely, the Democratic candidate, took to social media to ask for help in covering the cost of a ballot recount. 

The letter, posted on his Facebook page, reads: 

Dear supporters,

I appreciate your patience in waiting for the election results to be posted. Things are changing rapidly and it may take a week or two until we know the final results. Thank you for your support - I am humbled and honored by the support from every person who cast their vote, and I will fight to make sure than each of these votes is counted. 

A recount will be expensive. It costs $50 per voting machine - $6100 in Lehigh County, and more in legal fees. If you'd like to make a contribution in this endeavor to protect the democratic election process, we would greatly appreciate it. Visit www.kevindeelypa.com and click on the donate page.

The race could be weeks from certification, said Lehigh County's Director of Elections Timothy Benyo. With all polls reporting, Simmons was leading Deely by 562 votes, according to unofficial tallies. According to reports, the margin could be as close as 167 votes with Simmons ahead.

In district races, a recount is only triggered if three or more voters come forward to challenge results. According to the Lehigh County election office, it would cost approximately $6,100 to recount each machine in the county's part of the district.

Simmons, who thanked voters at Oliver Shakewell's Tuesday evening, called for Deely to concede the race. In a statement to Patch, Simmons writes: 

After an extensive study of the vote in the 131st district, it is clear that there is no path to victory for Kevin Deely. Even if every outstanding absentee and provisional ballot went his way he could still not make up the difference. It is time for Kevin to put the people of our district first and concede so we can move forward. 

What do you think of the 131st district race? Tell us in the comments! 

Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I've heard that the number is actually larger than what is being reported in the media.
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
what is on the county websites is not up to date
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
and as we speak the number just dropped
John Fox November 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Greg, slander is spoken, in print it's libel (or you could use the catch all term of defamation) Also for a statement to be considered defamation it must also be untrue. While Deely has never formally been charged with possession of Marijuana there is public knowledge of a situation connecting Mr. Deely to a case involving Marijuana would likely create a strong enough connection that it would be impossible to say such a statement is defamation. There is also a different standard when it comes to people seeking elected office. Which is why your statement about Mr. Simmons would also likely not considered defamation, unless Mr. Simmons could prove that the defamatory statements were made with knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false. (Kinda like how Mr. Deely said that Simmons will destroy Social Security and Medicare even though he couldn't as a state Rep, but who knows maybe Deely legitimately didn't know that)
Paula November 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Please tell me where are you getting these accurate updates and what is taking so long for an investigation or a result?
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
the Leigh county website just updated itself
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
well there must be some reason people think there are missing absentee ballots such as a report filled out with more ballots than were received
Paula November 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
What are the next steps that will be taken and how long until we have a result please?
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Election night left state Rep. Justin Simmons looking like a winner but county officials today say the outcome of the 131st House race is not yet certain. Hundreds of ballots are still to be counted. It's expected to take weeks to finalize the outcome. "I'd say there are between 750 and 1,000 ballots left to count," said Lehigh County election official Tim Benyo. A preliminary tally without those ballots shows Simmons with a 562-vote lead. So I don't know where people are getting the number of 200 outstanding
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
so they have to wait at least 6 days for people to come in and claim their provisional ballots
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
that's where i'm getting that number from
Paula November 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Thank you for the explanation. :)
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
The is honestly the same game the Republicans played in Florida in 2000
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
According to Channel 69 Simmons is only ahead by 25 votes before the provisional
Paula November 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
doesn't matter how much ahead Simmons is-just that he is.
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
they won't be finished counting til Tuesday even before there is a recount
Paula November 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
May the best man win :)
Rob Hamill November 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
No, Deely want to serve the PSEA not the community.
Joyce Mooore November 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Right now, Lehigh County has Simmons lead at ONE VOTE. Makes me wonder why anyone would want to rush this. It's going to take some time to get the official number, between provisional and absentee ballots. I'm hoping that Kevin Deely is our next Rep from PA 131!!!
Paula November 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I'm hoping Justin Simmons. Good luck to both men.
Rich Cranium November 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The 750 to 1000 number was across the entirety of Lehigh County, not the 131st District. I know Deely's camp has trouble identifying where the 131 actually is, being that Kevin had it wrong on his website until Simmons pointed it out to him during the first debate. FYI the 131 is not the entirety of Lehigh County, only part of it, that is where the 200 number comes from, right from the County.
Rich Cranium November 09, 2012 at 11:14 PM
You mean when the votes were recounted how many times and they couldn't find 500 votes in the entirety of Florida to make Gore win? Good luck finding that many in a state rep's district that uses electronic voting machines.
Rich Cranium November 09, 2012 at 11:15 PM
in Lehigh County, when you include Northampton County Simmons is up by more then 400
Rich Cranium November 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
In Northampton County Simmons is up by more then 400 votes, the game is up Deely lost, time to put out the dooby and come back to reality.
Os Leonard November 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
no actually according to 69 northampton closed to 24
Rich Cranium November 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Are you stupid or intentionally lying? According to Northampton County Simmons has 1282 votes and Deely has 852 it actually is a difference of 430 votes. Here I will "show my work" for it too 1282 - 852 ------- 430 http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/lib/northampton/northamptonvote/sum.pdf
Tom Williams November 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Deely is down by one vote in Lehigh County and only 400 (so far) in Northampton. Looks like voters of the 131st aren't as pleased with Mr. Simmons' performance as you all seem to be. There's nothing wrong with a recount. Simmons won't even be back from his vacation in the Bahamas before it's all over.
Ben Trovato November 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The GOP is financed by multi-millionaires and billionaires and the people in office are beholden to them big time. The moneyed few are the ones who don't want anyone whom they can't buy in any government position at any level. President Obama's win over Romney proves that the majority of us do not wish "Big Business" and those who own those "Big Businesses" to continue to buy US Congressmen who in turn force their nefarious ways on the unsuspecting and those of us in the know.
John Cosgrove November 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The GOP is financed by multi-millionaires and billionaires and the people in office are beholden to them big time. The moneyed few are the ones who don't want anyone whom they can't buy in any government position at any level. President Obama's win over Romney proves that the majority of us do not wish "Big Business" and those who own those "Big Businesses" to continue to buy US Congressmen who in turn force their nefarious ways on the unsuspecting and those of us in the know.
John Fox November 12, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Two guys saying the exact same thing with brand new accounts? They are most likely two different people, not Karen Beyer. +---------------+ | PLEASE | | DO NOT | | FEED THE | | TROLLS | +---------------+ | | | | .\|.||/..

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