Full results of the primaries (not including ward committee races) can be found here
. These are the top stories of the morning, to me at least:
- The two heads of the State Senate, Republicans Jubelirer and Brightbill, were both defeated by their primary opponents, after challenges fueled largely by pay-hike anger and related issues. Unfortunately, the winners were backed by the Club for Growth, which lies on the far right edge of conservative politics. Speculations abound, however, that this will open the field to Democratic challengers in the general election, who might have been afraid to take on top leadership but will be emboldened by the newbies carrying the GOP flag. Stay tuned! (In related news, John Baer now believes that anything is possible...)
- There were widespread problems with voting machines malfunctioning, which led to the casting of hundreds of provisional ballots in the affected divisions. Because such ballots will take time to verify and process, some close races may not have final numbers for weeks! [More here.]
- It appears that some "insiders" were able to fight the anti-incumbent fervor and eke out a win. Those include Babette Josephs (although her race is one of the ones involving divisions with provisional ballots), who had a margin of around 200 votes at the end of the night; Michael O'Brien (the 175th is also not final, although the DN calls it), who appears to have beat progressives Anne Dicker and Terry Graboyes by a margin of 39% to 32% to 29%, empowering Dougherty and dismaying many; and, most surprisingly, Tony Payton, the lone candidate on the ballot in the 179th, may have been narrowly defeated by a write-in campaign for the machine candidate, Emilio Vazquez -- there's some discussion of impropriety surrounding this race (did pollworkers hand out stamps with Vazquez's name on them?), and write-ins don't get dealt with until the certification process on Friday (which also deals with absentee ballots and provisional votes), so the outcome will not be known for a few days yet.
- Voters endorsed the formation of an Ethics Board by a 4-to-1 ratio, continuing the push to clean up the political system in Philadelphia. The surveillance measure also passed, after a telephone push by Street that raised a few eyebrows. Despite the fact that this latter measure is just permission to consider the idea, headlines are trumpeting "voters ok cameras" and the like...