Jim Bognet claims victory in 8th Congressional District race

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UPDATE: Jim Bognet has claimed victory in the 8th Congressional District race for the Republican nomination to go on to the November election. He will face incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright in the November general election.

Recent numbers showed a tight race between candidates, Teddy Daniels, Jim Bognet and Earl Granville. The AP is projecting that Jim Bognet will win the GOP nomination but those numbers are not from an official source. Bognet, however, is claiming victory.

“The general election starts today, and we’re very excited to take the fight to Matt Cartwright and take this district back for northeastern Pennsylvania,” Bognet said.

Eyewitness News also stopped by the Luzerne County Election Bureau Wednesday where employees continued to count mail-in ballots. Officials say that about half, 20 out of 40,000 ballots, have been counted. In Lackawanna County, officials are wrapping up their count.

Teddy Daniels has not yet conceded the election. He tells Eyewitness News that as far as he knows, mail-in ballots are still being counted in Monroe County.

Earl Granville, who has been close to Daniels and Bognet in the vote count, has not responded to a request for comment.

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The race for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District is too close to call the morning after the primary election. Three candidates, Teddy Daniels, Jim Bognet and Earl Granville are leading the pack with razor thin margins that are changing almost by the hour.

Election officials say the mail-in ballots will be the ultimate factor in who wins the Republican nomination.

The winner will face incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright in November. 

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