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Incumbent U.S. Representative not ready to declare victory

Congressman Matt Cartwright greets supporters at the Waldorf Social Club in Scranton
Kat Bolus, WVIA News
Congressman Matt Cartwright greets supporters at the Waldorf Social Club in Scranton

Congressman Matt Cartwright is optimistic.

“We don’t know the results of my election tonight ... but the numbers look good," the sitting U.S. Representative said.

Cartwright addressed a crowd of 100 supporters, campaign volunteers and other Lackawanna County Democrats at the Waldorf Social Club in Scranton.

“The future is ours in Northeastern Pennsylvania and that’s why I’m optimistic and each and every one of you should be too," he said.

The five-term congressman is locked in a tight race for the 8th congressional district against Republican Jim Bognet.

This is the second time Cartwright has faced Bognet, a business owner and conservative policy adviser from Hazleton who worked in former President Donald Trump's administration.

In an interview with WVIA News, Cartwright said the numbers were rolling in a pattern they had hoped to see that could lead to a victory.

“We’re not declaring victory as of yet because they haven’t counted all the ballots," he said. "I think that’s kind of anti-Democratic to declare victory before everyone’s voice is heard.”

By midnight, Cartwright was leading Bognet in Lackawanna and Monroe counties, according to unofficial results. Bognet held the lead in Luzerne, Wayne and Pike counties.

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.