Ravenstahl wins Republican slot on November ballot

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The Republican nominee for Pittsburgh's top office is its Democratic mayor.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's campaign confirmed today that he will accept the GOP nod for mayor, after the Allegheny County Elections Division released its official count of Republican write-in votes in last month's primary. Mr. Ravenstahl, a lifelong Democrat, got 607, versus 189 for Squirrel Hill Republican John Wander, who ran a last-minute write-in nomination bid.

"Yes, the mayor is accepting," wrote the mayor's campaign spokesman Paul McKrell, in an e-mail response to questions. That means Mr. Ravenstahl's name will appear twice on the November ballot. Had he declined, there would be no GOP nominee, since no one else got more than the required 250 write-in minimum, and no Republican submitted petitions to appear on the primary ballot.

Mr. Ravenstahl actively pursued Republican write-in votes, hoping to avoid a repeat of 2007, when businessman Mark DeSantis got the GOP's space on the ballot through write-ins.

Coming in third and fourth in Republican write-in voting this year were City Councilman Patrick Dowd, with 161, and attorney Carmen Robinson, with 42. Both are Democrats who lost decisively to Mr. Ravenstahl in that party's mayoral primary.

Attorney Kevin Acklin and businessman Franco "Dok" Harris have announced independent mayoral bids in the general election.



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