Sure, everyone’s looking at the national races…

but we’ve got some local contests that bear watching as well.
In the First District Senate Race, it appears that Larry Farnese, a friend of the incumbent (and indicted) State Senator Vincent Fumo is going to upset John Dougherty, the business manager for Electricians Local 98. This race was Dougherty’s to lose according to some observers, and it looks as if he’s done just that.
Meanwhile, in another upset, Incumbent State Rep. Harold James is losing to Kenyatta Johnson, a community activist who used to work for State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.
And last but not least, despite the best efforts of the ward leaders in his district, Tony Payton has managed to keep his State Representative seat. With 76 percent of the vote in, Payton is beating Guy Lewis, his challenger 63 percent to 37 percent.
More in a moment…

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