GOP Incumbent Wins Dem Write-In In 81st District

PA State Rep. Mike Fleck (Facebook)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. — The Republican incumbent in a central Pennsylvania House district says he'll run for re-election as a Democrat after he narrowly won the opposition party's primary in a write-in campaign.


State Rep. Mike Fleck, a Huntingdon County Republican, lost the May 19 primary to challenger Rich Irvin. Irvin ran a write-in campaign after he was knocked off the ballot in April and got 3,600 votes compared to 3,396 for Fleck.

The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports the 81st District race was marked by controversy stemming from Fleck's announcement in late 2012 that he was gay.

Seeking to keep his seat, Fleck ran a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary and beat Irvin 902 to 887 in that race.

Fleck says he plans to remain a Republican, even if he wins as a Democrat in November.

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