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Democrat Joe Ciresi and his sister call their mom Tuesday night to let her know he unseated incumbent Republican State Rep. Tom Quigley for the 146th Dist. seat.

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Democrat Joe Ciresi celebrates his win Tuesday night after unseating incumbent Republican Tom Quigley for the 146th Dist. seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Tuesday night seems to have been a night of some unexpected upsets in state representative and state senate races across the region, according to incomplete results available before deadline.

146th House Dist.

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Tom Quigley

Tom Quigley

Incumbent Republican Tom Quigley lost his seat for the second time Tuesday night amidst another "blue wave" of Democratic votes.

In 2012, he lost to Democrat Mark Painter who rode a wave of party-line votes for Barrack Obama's reelection. Quigley won the seat back two years later.

But this time he lost to Democrat Joe Ciresi who challenged him unsuccessfully in a close race two years ago and who has been active in the district every since, itching for a re-match.

According to unofficial and incomplete results posted by Montgomery County Tuesday night, Ciresi was ahead by 55 percent to Quigley's 44 percent.

"Trappe went blue," said one amazed volunteer who was delivering poll numbers from the usually reliably Republican voting district.

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Democrat Joe Ciresi thanks two of his most hard-working volunteers during his victory party Tuesday night after unseating Republican Tom Quigley for the 146th Dist. seat in the PA House of Represenatives.

"This has been almost a four-year journey with almost everyone in this room," he told supporters in Pottstown Tuesday night. "None of you left my side."

"You believed in my when sometimes I didn't believe in myself. You walked with me when sometimes I didn't want to walk. You yelled at me when I needed it," Ciresi said.

"I ran for this community and for the vast issues we have here. I look forward to serving and seeing our communities become what they should be."

The 146th District is comprised of Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove and Perkiomen townships, and the boroughs of Royersford, Trappe, along with the eastern precincts in Pottstown.

147th House Dist.

Incumbent Republican Marcy Toepel, on the other hand, seems to have survived a challenge from Democratic challenger Josh Camson, according to early returns.

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Marcy Toepel

Marcy Toepel is the Republican incumbent for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the the 147th District.

With 61 percent of the precincts reporting in, Toepel was ahead by 56 percent to 43 percent for Camson. Should that trend continue, she will have won a fourth term.

The 147th District in Montgomery County includes the townships of Douglass, Lower Frederick, Lower Salford, Marlborough, New Hanover, Upper Frederick, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Salford and West Pottsgrove. The district also includes the boroughs of Green Lane and Schwenksville.

26th House Dist.

Incumbent Republican Tim Hennessey, a 25-year veteran of the state legislature seems to have been another survivor.

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State Rep. Tim Hennessey

With 97 percent of the precincts counted, Hennessey was ahead of his challenger — Democrat Pam Hacker, 58, a construction electrician from East Vincent — by 55 percent to 45 percent.

Hacker did win the Pottstown portion of the district by a 3-1 margin, according to unofficial results on the Montgomery County election site

As a result Hennessey, 71, has won his 13th term in the House representing the 26th District

Unofficial results put Hennessey at 13,209 votes to Hacker's 10,635.

In addition to the small portion of the Borough of Pottstown, the 26th House District includes the following Chester County communities: North Coventry, South Coventry, East Coventry, East Vincent, East Nantmeal, West Nantmeal, Warwick, Elverson, Honey Brook Borough, Honey Brook Township, Wallace, West Caln and West Sadsbury.

157th House Dist.

Incumbent Republican Warren Kampf was not so lucky.

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Melissa Shusterman

Early returns showed his challenger, Democrat Melissa Shusterman of Schuylkill Township, to be ahead by nearly 20 percentage points.

Kampf was seeking his fifth term.

With 97 percent of the precincts counted, Kampf collected only 10,861 votes, or 43 percent; to Shusterman's 14,368 or 57 percent.

The 157th House District includes Phoenixville, Schuylkill and Tredyffrin townships in Chester County and about half of Upper Providence in Montgomery County.

155th House Dist.

Another Republican incumbent, Rep. Becky Corbin, also appeared to have fallen according to unofficial returns on the Chester county website.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Danielle Friel Otten was in the lead by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent.

Unofficial results had Corbin with 15,290 votes to Friel Otten's 18,400.

The 155th Dist. includes East Brandywine Township, East Pikeland Township, part of Phoenixville's North Ward, Spring City, Upper Uwchlan Township, Uwchlan Township, West Brandywine Township, West Vincent Township.

24th Senate Dist.

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State Sen. Bob Mensch

Early returns had this race much too close to call.

In Montgomery County, incumbent Republican Bob Mensch of Marlborough, seeking his third full term in the state Senate, was holding off Democratic challenger Linda Fields of Pottstown by only 703 votes out of more than 68,000 cast. 

But that was only 63 percent of the votes counted, not to mention that the 24th District also includes parts of Bucks and Berks counties. 

In Berks County, Mensch was running far ahead of Fields, leading by more than 2,500 votes with 17 of 19 precincts reporting.

Bucks County results were not available on election night.

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Katie Muth

Katie Muth

44th Senate Dist.

Incumbent Republican John Rafferty may not have earned a fifth term

According to unofficial results in Montgomery and Chester counties, challenger Katie Muth was leading with 58 percent of Montgomery County results in and 97 percent of Chester County results reporting.

In Montomery County, Muth was leading 52 percent to Rafferty's 47 percent.

In Chester County, Muth was leading 52 percent to Rafferty's 48 percent.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial Chester County results had Muth with 31,148 votes to Rafferty's 28, 796 — a margin of more than 2,300 votes.

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