Print

Costa: Dems lose 32nd, 46th Senate seats

Published by Mike Pound on .

Camera BartolottaCamera Bartolotta

By Janice Crompton

A Democratic leader conceded two hard-fought state Senate seats have likely been lost.

Reached late Tuesday, Senate minority leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said it was likely his party would lose the 32nd and 46th Senate Districts.

46th: State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, continues a downward spiral against Republican challenger Camera Bartolotta of Carroll.

Ms. Bartolotta, 50, a small business owner, held tight to a growing lead most of Tuesday night and appeared poised to snatch the seat from Mr. Solobay, who has held it since 2010, when longtime Democratic Sen. J. Barry Stout retired.

Mr. Solobay, 58, a volunteer fire chief, has not conceded the race, but has yet to take the lead against Ms. Bartolotta.

32nd: There weren't many races nastier than the one to replace retiring Sen. Rich Kasunic, but in the end, a Republican -- the first in decades to hold the seat -- was the winner, Costa said. Pat Stefano beat out Democratic state Rep. Deb Kula for the win.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

White concedes to newcomer

Published by Mike Pound on .

Rep Jesse  White, D-Cecil, with his wife Eileen and son Atticus, 4 months, speaks to supporters at Burgh's Pizza Wing Pub in Bridgeville and concedes to Jason Ortitay of South Fayette in the 46th state House district race. (Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

Jesse White is out as state representative in the 46th District -- he's conceded his race against South Fayette businessman Jason Ortitay. Unofficial results show Ortitay with a 55 percent-45 percent lead, as of 10:05 p.m. The 46th Legislative District covers portions of Allegheny and Washington counties.

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Tight races in two 46ths

Published by Mike Pound on .

State Sen. Tim Solobay

We have two 46th districts – one in the state Senate and one in the state House – and two incumbents who are struggling to hold on to their seats.

During the campaign we've heard plenty about Democrat state Sen. Tim Solobay's work as a volunteer firefighter. But we've also heard about Mr. Solobay accepting per diems and perks, all courtesy of Solobay's challenger Camera Bartolotta. Whose pitch worked? Republican Bartolotta has a lead of about 1,500 votes at 9:45 p.m.

On the state House side, Rep. Jesse White went from making a terrible mistake – the one where he took on fake social media names to attack opponents – to regain his footing in time to hold on to his seat in the 46th district. But Mr. White, like Solobay a Democrat, had to work to fend off attacks from Jason Ortitay, who held a lead of about 1,200 votes as of 9:45 tonight.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

AP: It's Wolf

Published by Mike Pound on .

20141104MWHwolfLocal05-3 er

Say hello to your new governor, at least according to the Associated Press:

wolftweet

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Unfriendly greeting for Slippery Rock voters

Published by Mike Pound on .

slippery rock er

Some voters who visited the polling place at the Slippery Rock Township municipal building got this -- a pickup with strident messages against President Obama and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf -- as a greeting today. The photo was taken by Slippery Rock University student Haley Crompton, who said the driver of the pick up was wearing an "Obama is a Communist" shirt. Several voters complained, but the unidentified man was allowed to stay.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.