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Out lawmakers Brian Sims & Malcolm Kenyatta lose ambitious bids for higher office

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (l)/Rep. Brian Sims
Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (l)/Rep. Brian SimsPhoto: Campaign images

Pennsylvania Reps. Brian Sims (D) and Malcolm Kenyatta (D) both lost their primary bids yesterday for statewide offices.

Sims came in second in the primary for lieutenant governor, losing to state Rep. Austin Davis (D), who got 63% of the vote to Sims’s 25%.

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Kenyatta came in third in the primary race for a U.S. Senate seat with just under 10% of the vote. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) won that primary with 59% of votes.

On Twitter, Sims congratulated Davis and immediately backed him for the general election.

“Austin ran a great race and he’ll be a great Lt. Governor,” he wrote. “With the primary over, we all must work to elect Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis as our next Governor and Lt. Governor — the stakes are too high for anything else.”

Kenyatta thanked his supporters and said that he would have “more to say later.” His followers shared words of support.

Out gay candidate Jonathan Lovitz and out transgender candidate Deja Alvarez both lost in the race for the 182nd state house district, with journalist Ben Waxman getting the most votes last night. The crowded race was for Sims’s seat that he left open to run for lieutenant governor.

Lancaster city council President Izzy Smith-Wade-El (D) won the primary for the 96th state house district and state Rep. Jessica Benham (D) won her primary in the 36th state house district.

In another closely-watched race out of Pennsylvania, Mehmet Oz is in the lead in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, which still hasn’t been called. Oz is deadlocked with David McCormick, leading by about 2000 votes. Pundit Kathy Barnette, who was also a leading contender in the primary, has fallen far behind Oz and McCormick.

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