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Result of 131st Pa. House race still in question

Lead changes in Simmons favor by 25 votes

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It may be the end of the week before election officials can say who won the race for Pennsylvania's 131st House seat but as more absentee ballots are counted, the race's leader has changed.

Incumbent Justin Simmons has now taken the lead by 25 votes.

With provisional and military absentee ballot counts still not finalized, the race between Republican incumbent Justin Simmons and Democratic challenger Kevin Deely Jr. is still too close to call, officials said.

According to the latest numbers, Simmons got 12,273 machine votes; Deely received 12,512. Add to that, 678 regular absentee ballots for Simmons in Lehigh County and 414 for Deely.

The provisional ballots and absentee ballots for the military won't be counted until Friday.

The 131st District is made up of Coopersburg and Upper Saucon and Lower Milford townships and parts of Salisbury and Upper Saucon townships and Allentown in Lehigh County. In Northampton County, the district consists of part of Lower Saucon Township.

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