When Democrats unsuccessfully pushed for a severance tax on natural gas drilling in 2009 and 2010, Allegheny County Representative David Levdansky led the charge to place a levy on gas extraction.
Levdansky lost his seat in 2010, but tried to recapture it this year. As the Associated Press reports, Levdansky and Republican Rick Saccone are currently separated by just three dozen votes:
Unofficial election returns show western Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone with a 36-vote lead over Democratic challenger David Levdansky.
Absentee and provisional ballots must still be counted next week in the district which includes parts of Allegheny and Washington counties.
The Allegheny County Board of Elections must certify the results which, so far, show Mr. Saccone with 14,274 votes to 14,238 for Mr. Levdansky.
Mr. Levdansky held the 39th District seat for 25 years before he lost it two years ago to Mr. Saccone.