A Schuylkill County physician far outpaced a race car driver from Bethlehem Township and a pilot from Wind Gap in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for the 17th District seat in the U.S. Congress.
Dr. David Moylan won the election on his home turf of Schuylkill County, where he racked up more than a 5,000 vote lead over Matt Connolly, the race car driver.
Pilot Matthew Dietz from Wind Gap came in a distant third with 818 votes, according to unofficial returns.
Besides Schuylkill, the district includes Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Connolly was leading in Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, according to unofficial results. But the margins were not enough to overcome the huge lead Moylan compiled in Schuylkill.
Moylan, who is also the county coroner, will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, in the November election.
During the campaign, Moylan and his Republican opponents opposed the Affordable Care Act, claiming it hurt employment, while supporting gas and oil drilling, which they said would create jobs.
He has also said “Obamacare is a double-barreled shotgun aimed at the heart of Americans” and the “#1 job killer.”
Moylan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgetown Medical School.
Attempts to contact Moylan were unsuccessful.