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Acting Secretary of State: Superior Court Candidate Waives Right to Recount


Harrisburg, PA — Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported today that candidate Amanda Green-Hawkins, third-place finisher in the Nov. 5 race for two open seats on the Superior Court, has waived her right to a recount.

Green-Hawkins (D) and second-place finisher Megan McCarthy King (R) were within the one-half of one percent margin that triggers a mandatory recount under state law.

As of today, the unofficial returns for the Superior Court race submitted by all 67 counties show the following results:

  • Daniel D. McCaffery (D) — 1,269,425 (25.84 percent)
  • Megan McCarthy King (R) — 1,248,358 (25.41 percent)
  • Amanda Green-Hawkins (D) — 1,231,495 (25.07 percent)
  • ChristyLee Peck (R) — 1,162,759 (23.67 percent)

Since the automatic recount provision was enacted under Act 97 of 2004, the provision has been triggered four times, with two recounts carried out.

The first recount was conducted in the Superior Court race in November 2009. The second recount was ordered in May 2011 in the Democratic primary contest for a seat on the Commonwealth Court. In both cases, the recount affirmed the initial results.

A recount in the 2010 Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor was averted when the trailing candidate waived his right to a recount. And in 2017, three candidates for Superior Court, all of whose vote totals fell within the recount margin, waived their right to a recount.

Unofficial returns for the Nov. 5 election can be found at

MEDIA CONTACT:  Wanda Murren, 717-783-1621

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