State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Coopersburg), who had announced a primary challenge to Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Allentown) before the Congressman decided to retire, has ended his congressional effort. Stung by several negative stories, not the least of which are the 500+ votes he has missed as a member of the legislature, Mr. Simmons could see his path to victory in the US House race to be narrowing to the point of unlikelihood.
Remaining in the race is state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Macungie), Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein who won a gold medal for cycling in the 2000 Summer Olympics, Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, and former CIA officer Scott Uehlinger. The leading Democrats appear to be Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and Allentown City Solicitor Susan Wild. Republicans have the edge here, but this district will yield a highly competitive campaign particularly if the Democrats’ redistricting lawsuit prevails before the state Supreme Court early next year.
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