After a hard fought and sometimes controversial campaign, Republican Tom McGarrigle defeated Democrat John Kane in the race for the open Pennsylvania 26th Senatorial District seat.
The unofficial tally early Wednesday morning indicated that McGarrigle won by 1,703 votes. The reported vote count was 39, 705 for McGarrigle and 38,002 for Kane.
The 26th district was redrawn as part of the legislative redistricting process in 2013 and includes Easttown and Willistown in Chester County; and Marple, Newtown, Ridley, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Darby and Upper Providence townships in Delaware County. The district also includes the boroughs of Aldan, Clifton Heights, East Lansdowne, Glenolden, Media, Millbourne, Morton, Prospect Park, Ridley Park, Rutledge and Swarthmore.
Both candidates were running for the seat vacated by the retirement of Republican state Sen. Edwin B “Ted” Erickson.