Fleck faces uphill battle

LEWISTOWN – If Republican Mike Fleck is to remain a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, he will have to win re-election as the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 81st District in November’s general election.

Fleck’s opponent in the Republican primary, Huntingdon County Treasurer Richard Irvin, ran a write-in campaign and managed to secure the GOP nomination, according to unofficial election results.

Fleck narrowly escaped being left off the ballot entirely by winning the Democratic nomination by just 14 votes, according to unofficial results. All votes cast in the Democratic primary, including Fleck’s, were write-in votes, as no one’s name appeared on the ballot.

Fleck secured 3,396 votes in the Republican primary and 901 votes in the Democratic contest, while Irvin secured 3,600 votes on the Republican ballot and 887 votes in the Democratic primary, according to unofficial election results.

Attempts to reach Fleck and Irvin for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful. It remains unclear whether either candidate will officially contest the results through the court.

The 81st District encompasses all of Huntingdon County, Kistler and Newton Hamilton boroughs and Wayne Township in Mifflin County, as well as Port Matilda Borough and Halfmoon, Worth, Taylor and portions of Ferguson and Patton townships in Centre County.

The general election is Nov. 4.