Cartwright, Madden, and Rader Poised for Reelection Wins
As of this morning, a little over 55% of the more than 33,000 mail-in and absentee ballots cast in Monroe County have been counted. Statewide, slightly more than 70% of the 2.6 million mailed and absentee ballots have been tallied.
Locally, state representative Maureen Madden (D-115) finished election day with a 460-vote advantage over her republican challenger, Dulce Ridder. Madden received 7,853 votes to 7,393 for Ridder. In addition to the 15,246 votes cast on election day, there were about 11,000 mail-in ballots in the district.
As of this writing, about 57% of the mail-in/absentee ballots in Madden’s district have been counted. More than 82% of those ballots cast votes for Madden, giving her an apparently insurmountable lead of 13,017 votes to 8,507 for the challenger. With an estimated 5,000 ballots remaining to be counted, 90% of the uncounted votes would need to go to Ridder for her to catch Madden.
Despite facing over $100,000 of financing from PACs and contributors outside Pennsylvania for his challenger, Jack Rader appears poised for another landslide victory over his perennial opponent, Mount Pocono council member Claudette Williams. On election day, Williams failed to even win her home town and was behind Rader 13,253 to 5,816.
On November 4, the county elections board had counted 6,686 of the approximately 13,000 mail-in ballots in the 176th district. Williams has scored over 65% of the mailed ballot vote so far, with 4,471 for her and 2,206 going to the incumbent. Realistically, however, there does not appear to be enough remaining votes for Williams to overcome Rader’s combined 5,172-vote lead. Williams would need to garner 82% of the uncounted ballots to mount a challenge to Rader.
United States Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-CD8) ended election day more than 50,000 votes behind his republican challenger Jim Bognet, 129,300 to 76,083. Monroe County in-person voters narrowly backed Bognet, 21,792 to 21,222.
After the first day of counting mailed ballots, Cartwright cruised ahead of Bognet by capturing 79% of the early vote counted. In Monroe, Cartwright took 77% of the mail ballots counted so far, picking up 9,570 votes to Bognet’s 2,290, with 4 votes going to write-ins.
District-wide, the incumbent picked up 114,249 votes from the mailed ballots, while Bognet earned 30,809. With an estimated 36,400 mailed votes remaining to be counted in the contest, Bognet would need to reverse that result and win 80% of the balance to catch Cartwright.
In addition to most of Monroe County, the 8th Congressional District includes Lackawanna, Wayne, and Pike Counties, as well as a portion of Luzerne.