With the final returns rolling in from Washington and Allegheny counties, embattled state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, appears poised to slide to an easy -- if not unexpected -- victory over challenger Tom Casciola.
White, 35, took to Facebook minutes ago, saying that he received 57 percent of the unofficial vote totals. He thanked supporters and said he's gearing up for the Nov. 4 challenge by Republican Jason Ortitay. The 30-year-old from South Fayette was unopposed for the GOP nod.
White is facing his most serious challenge this year since being swept into office in 2006 with dozens of other newcomers protesting the pay raise faux pas.
He admitted impersonating constituents and colleagues last year as a so-called Internet troll, but voters -- at least Dems -- forgave him.
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of my political death have been greatly exaggerated," said White, who is expected to have his first baby with wife Eileen early next month.