DiSanto unseats Teplitz in Pennsylvania Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Democratic state Sen. Rob Teplitz has lost his seat to developer John DiSanto.

According to an unofficial tally of Tuesday’s votes, DiSanto edged Teplitz in a hotly contested race for the 15th Senate District by 4,000 votes.

Teplitz was elected in 2012 after Jeff Piccola retired. He was the first Democrat in 76 years to win the seat.

The seat was one of three flipped by Republicans in the election for a veto-proof majority in the state Senate.

The 15th includes Perry County and parts of Dauphin County, including Harrisburg.

Teplitz said in a statement issued early Wednesday that he is calling for a full investigation into the Dauphin and Perry County boards of elections. He said the election was “punctuated by unnecessarily long lines at polls, unexplained lateness in reporting results, voting machine calibration problems, and secretive ballot counting by board of elections.”

“This isn’t about my race, this is about the integrity of the elections process,” he said in the statement. One of the basic tenets of our democracy is that every American citizen must have full faith and confidence in the results of our elections. And, unfortunately, what happened in Dauphin and Perry Counties on Election Day undermines that confidence in this process.”

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