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Pennsylvania state Rep. Fred Keller was projected to easily defeat Democrat Marc Friedenberg in Tuesday’s special election to represent the Keystone State’s 12th District in the chamber of deputies.
With 81 percent of precincts reporting, the basement had, got 70 percent of the vote, compared to 30 percent for peace mountain.
The basement would be completely started two years ago, Republican Tom Marino, resigned in January, just three weeks into his fifth house term. With basement victory, the house has 235 Democrats and 198 Republicans. Two seats in North Carolina, are vacant, pending the outcome of the special elections later this year.
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Tuesday, the result is no surprise, because the 12th District is solid Republican voters there, Donald Trump 2016 presidential election, backed up by a margin of better than 2 to 1 over the Democrat, Hillary Clinton.
Pennsylvania Rep. Fred Keller addressing the audience in a trump rally Monday night in Montoursville. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Trump even called his followers back to the basement on a Monday evening rally in Montoursville, told the fifth-term state legislator, “We have to win tomorrow, Fred.” He had approved the basement on Twitter earlier on Tuesday, calling the Republican “Strong on crime, Second Amendment, military, veterinarians, and healthcare,” says Keller, “my Complete and Total endorsement!”
Keller replied Trump is night support Monday, offers a rousing endorsement of the President and vowing to support his policies in Congress, say the people of the district “behind you since day One, and, Mr President, our support for you is as strong today as it ever was.”
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He also said: “In 2016, Pennsylvania, put Donald Trump on the top, and in the year 2020, we are going to do it again.”
Friedenberg, attorney at law, information technology instructor at Penn State University, ran against Marino in the last year, the elections and lost 32 points.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.