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Metzgar wins a sixth term

November 8, 2018

In his first challenge since being elected in 2008, state Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar had a convincing win, earning him a sixth term in office.

Metzgar, a Republican, received 79 percent of the vote to Democrat Jeff Cole’s 21 percent. Metzgar also won Somerset County with 78 percent of the vote.

The unofficial results were incomplete as Bedford County was expected to continue counting ballots Wednesday. Bedford County Elections Director Debra Brown said around 6 p.m. Tuesday that paper ballots were distributed to supplement electronic machines because of a high turnout. Close to a third of the 69th District is in Bedford County.

Metzgar, 37, of Somerset Township, said he was honored to win a sixth term.

“I am honored that the people of Somerset County had faith in me to continue to take their values to Harrisburg,” he said. “I want to thank everyone who worked to make it happen and everyone who came out and reaffirmed their support at the ballot box.”

Former filmmaker Cole, 55, of Garrett, did not respond to the Daily American’s request for comment; however, his campaign issued this statement: “I really want to thank every single person, who participated and supported this campaign. I also would like to thank all of the folks of Somerset and Bedford Counties who took the time to tell me their stories. This has been a tremendous experience.”

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