LEWISTOWN - Republican incumbent state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff and Democratic challenger Chris Lee each won unopposed races Tuesday for their respective party's nomination for the 171st Legislative District seat, according to unofficial election results. The two men will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
As of press time Tuesday night, Benninghoff received 4,634 votes in the Republican primary, while Lee received 1,845 in the Democratic contest. In Mifflin County, Benninghoff earned 681 votes in the GOP primary, and Lee collected 186 votes on the Democratic ballot. In Centre County, Benninghoff garnered 3.953 votes while Lee received 1,659 votes.
The 171st District encompasses Centre County as well as Armagh and Brown townships in Mifflin County.
Also running unopposed for the Republican nomination in the 81st Legislative District was state Rep. Mike Fleck.
As of press time Tuesday night, Fleck received 4,694 votes according to unofficial election results. Fleck received 868 votes in Mifflin County, 3,422 votes in Huntingdon County, and 404 votes in Blair County, all three of which partially fall within the 81st District.
Barring any successful write-in campaigns for the Democratic nomination, Fleck will run unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.