Republicans will maintain control of the Pennsylvania’s legislature following Tuesday’s election, in which efforts by Democrats to flip seats like the one currently held by state Rep. Justin Simmons largely failed.
As Thursday, votes were still being counted in Lehigh County–in which the district’s population center is located–but it was clear that Democratic challenger Kevin Branco, of Upper Saucon Township, would be unable to overcome Mackenzie’s sizeable lead.
With 17 voting districts in Lehigh County reporting unofficial results for the race, Mackenzie had 11,665 (63 percent) votes to Branco’s 6,806 (37 percent).
Mackenzie also won the portion of Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, that is located in the 131st District, but not by as much.
The unofficial results show her capturing 2,650 votes (51.03 percent) to Branco’s 2,543 votes (48.97 percent) in Lower Saucon Township’s five election precincts that are part of the district.
In the portion of the district located in Montgomery County, Mackenzie won with 5,449 votes (57.6 percent) to Branco’s 4,011 votes (42.4 percent), according to the county’s unofficial results.
The muncipalities in Montgomery County that are part of the 131st legislative district are Upper Hanover Township, East Greenville borough, Pennsburg borough and Red Hill borough.
The municipalities in Lehigh County that are part of the district are Upper Saucon Township, Coopersburg borough, Lower Milford Township, Upper Milford Township and part of Salisbury Township (Ward 3).
Based on the unofficial results that have been reported by all three counties, Mackenzie received 19,764 votes (59.7 percent) to Branco’s 13,360 votes (40.3 percent).
Milou Mackenzie is a former teacher as well as the owner of an interior design business.
Her son, Ryan Mackenzie (R), won re-election to continue representing the 134th legislative district in the state House of Representatives, which means they will likely become the only mother and son serving together in the chamber beginning in January.
Branco, who owns Main Street Gym in Hellertown, previously interned for State Rep. Robert Freeman (D-136).
Freeman, who ran for re-election unopposed, represents the other three Lower Saucon Township precincts along with Hellertown borough, Freemansburg, Williams Township, Wilson, West Easton, Glendon, Easton and parts of Palmer Township, in the state House.
Note: The election results described above are all unofficial. The numbers may change slightly as outstanding provisional and mail-in ballots are counted, however the results of this race are unlikely to be affected by any additions or subtractions. Election results are not official until they are certified by the county in which the election was held.