Pennsylvania statewide court race goes to recount

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A statewide recount is being ordered in the Nov. 2 election for an open seat on Pennsylvania’s statewide Commonwealth Court after two candidates finished within a half-percentage point of each other. That’s according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Wednesday.

Wolf’s Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid issued a notice that she will order the statutorily required statewide recount.

Two seats on Commonwealth Court are opening up next year. Republican Stacy Wallace, a lawyer, won one of them.

For the second seat, unofficial returns from all 67 counties showed Democrat Lori Dumas leading Republican Drew Crompton by nearly 17,000 votes, but within the margin for a mandatory recount.