State Rep. Jerry Knowles easily romped to an election victory over Democrat challenger Taylor Picone Tuesday night.
According to the latest results, Knowles grabbed 72.4% of the votes cast between Schuylkill, Berks, and Carbon counties. Picone picked up 27.4% by our calculations.
Knowles won his native Schuylkill County by more than 9,300 votes. And Picone failed to gain any ground in his native Berks County, where he lost by more than 4,200 votes. The incumbent Knowles also won the small portion of the 124th in Carbon County.
Picone definitely waged the fiercest campaign of the 3 races for Schuylkill County seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He promoted his transparency during the race and accused Knowles of scrubbing his social media accounts during the campaign.
The challenger also spoke out against Knowles when the incumbent was attacked in the state House by Rep. Brian Sims, who accused Knowles of calling him a “little girl” during a floor debate earlier this year.
In an interview with The Canary soon after those accusations were made, Knowles denied ever saying that about Sims.
Knowles has been representing the 124th District since 2009. The District, since it was created in 1969, has always been represented by a Republican.