Republicans at the VFW
Update: Mattiacci concedes
- Mattiacci concedes, congratulates Dean
- Mattiacci: 43.5 percent, 3313 votes
- Dean: 56.5 percent, 4300 votes
Republican supporters, along with a surprising number of younger volunteers, started to fill the North Penn VFW at about 8 p.m.
Mattiacci, prior to conceding at about 9:30 p.m. called his campaign "tough," but said he felt he rejuvenated the Republicans. He added, “[Madeleine Dean] will serve our district well until November … when I get in there."
Addressing the crowd, he said, "In typical Italian fashion, we came awfully close," and then compared his campaign to the movie “Rocky.”
“’Rocky II’ happens in November," Mattiacci continued. "We're going to work hard during the summer and then take it in November.”
The crowd chanted, "Nick!, Nick!, Nick!"
Bob Adshead, chairman of the Abington Township Republican Organization, said that voter turnout was low to average, hovering around 25 percent. He added that local Republicans likely took a hit because of Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign.
"It definitely did," Adshead said. "It would have brought out a lot of Republicans and conservatives ... that probably would have helped a lot with the numbers you're seeing on the board."
Adshead went on to say that Mattiacci's campaign raised a lot of money; he added that Mattiacci will receive support from ATRO in November.
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Tonight's election settled who will serve the remainder of Shapiro's term; the seat is up for re-election this November, when Dean will likely face Mattiacci.
"He's gearing up for November," Adshead said. "Believe me. I think he's absolutely going to run again. No doubt."
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