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Marino Defeats Friedenberg For 12th District

November 7, 2018
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Marino Defeats Friedenberg For 12th District

With 92 percent of the votes reporting, Republican Tom Marino is on his way to remaining the congressman in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, according to unofficial results. He carried 67.6 percent of the vote to Marc Friedenberg’s 32.4 percent. By 11 p.m. it was mathematically impossible for the Democrat Friedenberg to make up the difference. Marino did not return calls. At 11 p.m., Friedenberg’s campaign manager said he was not quite prepared to make a concession speech. In the 10th Congressional District, incumbent Marino, 66, Williamsport, was challenged for the newly drawn 12th District by Penn State professor Friedenberg, 34, of State College. The new 12th District covers Potter, Tioga, Bradford and Susquehanna counties along the New York border; as well as Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Union, Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry; and parts of Centre, Montour and Northumberland. Once viewed as someone to fill the position as the nation’s drug czar, Marino is a former Lycoming County district attorney who touted his reputation as being tough on crime. Friedenberg teaches about cybersecurity, and said he knows the dangers of a different level of crime that is sometimes hard to pinpoint, but ever present. The candidates differ on the Affordable Care Act, with Marino saying it has done little to help people. Friedenberg said health care is the top issue for voters and too many people across the district have medical debt. Marino said he is proud of the tax cut legislation passed by Congress in December, and opportunities for expanding jobs are being realized, and small business owners tell him point blank. Friedenberg said he hasn’t seen a lot of new jobs created in the congressional district and the bulk of the savings for the wealthiest Americans has gone into dividends or stock buy-backs, and the national debt increased 17 percent, he said. The annual salary for a congressman is $174,000; the term is two years. Here are the latest results in tonight’s race: 12th Congressional District Thomas Marino (R) 148,527 Marc Friedenberg (D) 71,658

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