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Pike concedes, endorsing Trivedi for general election

Pike concedes, endorsing Trivedi for general election

Almost 24 hours after polls closed, Democrat Doug Pike conceded defeat in the 6th District primary, throwing his support behind Reading doctor Manan Trivedi in what is sure to be a competitive general election battle against Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-6).

Trivedi held a narrow lead late Tuesday night, and Pike’s campaign conceded after it spent Wednesday making sure there weren’t enough uncounted provisional or absentee ballots to make a difference in the race. Pike called Trivedi Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him and offer his support.

“Manan would be a much better member of Congress than Republican Jim Gerlach,  a career politician who has let working families down again and again,” Pike said in a statement. “I endorse Manan Trivedi—a doctor and veteran who served on the front lines in Iraq—and I urge my supporters to unite behind him.”

The concession capped an remarkable turnaround in the race from nine months ago, when Pike appeared to be cruising toward the party’s nomination. Trivedi came on the scene in September as an insurgent candidate, but quickly won over party leaders and rank-and-file activists alike, several of whom changed their endorsements in the race to back Trivedi, a Reading doctor. Pike, a former Inquirer editorial writer and the son of a former Long Island congressman, spent about $1 million of his own money on the race.

The primary was bitter throughout, but ended on the kind of cordial note Democrats will need to unite and set their sights on Gerlach, a fierce campaigner who has withstood fierce challenges ever since his first campaign for the suburban Philadelphia district in 2002. The race is currently ranked No. 6 on the Congressional Power Rankings.

“To the hundreds of people who worked their hearts out to send me to Congress: I will always remember and appreciate your dedication,” Pike said. “Today is the end of our campaign, but it’s not the end of my service to others—and I know it’s not the end of yours. Thank you.”

May 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. JAN

    May 19th, 2010


  2. Finally!

    May 19th, 2010

    Glad to see that Mr. Pike finally conceded and didn’t let the voters hang in the balance.

  3. A Muslim Terrorist Congressman in the 6th Not Good for the USA

    May 19th, 2010

    What surely you jest

  4. suburban liberal

    May 19th, 2010

    classy move by pike who is a classy guy. looking forward to november

  5. devi

    May 19th, 2010

    He is not Muslim. He is hindu, the religion of Gandhi. I guess hate doesn’t require intellect.

  6. 1994 Again

    May 19th, 2010

    Easy win for Gerlach.

  7. M O S

    May 19th, 2010

    Why is it that every idiot thinks that free speech gives him the right to spew any racist crap they want without even knowing what they’re talking about? Trivedi’s family is from India. He grew up in rural Fleetwood with all the farm boys. Far cry from a Muslim terrorist.

  8. Don Benn

    May 19th, 2010

    Doug Pike is a fair and decent man. He had a dream and a goal…worked hard (very hard) and fell short. And, like real men (and by “men” I mean HUMANS) do – he showed class and dignity in defeat.

    Manny Trivedi embodies everything that America stands for. His is the kind of story that makes for great novel….and the best chapters are still unwritten.

    As I die-hard (and unashamed) Trivedi fan I urge one and all to learn as much as you can about our next Congressman….becuase the more you know about him….the more you respect about him (and, if you’re like most of us, you start to think how (relatively) little you’ve done with your own life).

  9. Don Benn

    May 19th, 2010

    I just noticed that my prior comments contained a whole bunch of typos. For that I apologize. For thinking that Trevedi is the greatest thing since sliced bread…..never!

  10. wpadem

    May 19th, 2010

    Let’s get it done Manan!

  11. Bruce Bailey

    May 19th, 2010

    SE PA is on its way to boasting the nation’s top lineup of dynamic young Congressional Democrats:

    Dr. Manan Trivedi (PA-6)
    Bryan Lentz (PA-7)
    Patrick Murphy (PA-8)
    Allison Schwartz (PA-13)
    and if you want to stretch the borders,
    John Callahan (PA-15)

    The great and/or pathetic thing about these five districts? They all include a portion of Montgomery County, maybe the only county in the nation to be sliced and diced into so many different Congressional pieces.

  12. It is a Republican Year

    May 19th, 2010

    The Republicans will Crush all the Democrats Running for office in 2010 and Critz will lose in November

  13. Im sick and Tired of The East Indians taking over all of our Businesses

    May 19th, 2010

    I Hate when I go to a Gas Station or Small Store and East Indians are The Owners . I Understand most of them dont pay taxes How are they getting the Money To Buy up all the hotels and Small Businesses Cant Americans Run anything anymore . How is it that Americans have lost the dream

  14. David Diano

    May 19th, 2010

    It will be sliced into more pieces if the focus of 2010 shifts away from the state Leg races and Governor. The GOP will redistrict the crap out of Montco and the congressional districts.

    Image what $10 million dollars could have brought to the real battle for control of the state.

  15. Anonymous

    May 20th, 2010

    You just can’t help yourself, can you David? Earlier today, you assured me you had said your peace (sic) and that we “would only have to ‘put up (with) my crap’ if you attack me.”

    Well nobody has attacked you in this thread. Nobody has mentioned you. And yet here you are, making a pointed, critical remark aimed at Joe Sestak.

    Do we really have to put up with this from you for the next six months?

    Let it go, man. Get over it and get over yourself. It really is about all I can do to keep this message civil.

  16. Bruce Bailey

    May 20th, 2010

    I think it was obvious, but the message above was not anonymous, it was from me.

  17. […] Night was tied late today, with the news that former Inquirer editorial writer Doug Pike had conceded defeat in the Democratic primary against doctor (and Orange to Blue candidate) Manan Trivedi. Pike […]

  18. Matt

    May 20th, 2010

    To the person who hates east Indians,
    They are the most hardworking and educated group of people on this planet. They don’t have to evade taxes in fact they pay more than you and me. So open your eyes and start liking them and follow their good moral values and humbleness and also work hard to come up in life.

  19. Jack

    May 20th, 2010

    Classy move by Pike after a tough campaign.

    Tough year for Dems perhaps, but also a tough year for incumbents and career politicians. Let’s go!

  20. Richard Saunders

    May 20th, 2010

    To the racist GOPer and his comments about Asians..

    Demographics is destiny in politics

    The GOP contnues to be strongest among one and only one demographic…non-poor white males over 40 without a college education. A critical examination of this country’s future shows that perhaps the GOP is proceeding down a dead-end street if the likes of Sarah Palin, Joe-the-Plumber and John Hagee remain the public face of the GOP, as opposed to those GOPers like Newt Gingrich & Tim Pawlenty who actually have brains that have not atrophied.

    Latinos are the fastest growing demographic. Asking them for “papers” (as in Arizona) will earn the GOP a lot of votes with them, as well as with younger adults who are more used to a multi-cultural environment.

  21. East Indians In My Opinion Run Very Dirty Dunkin Donuts and other establishments

    May 20th, 2010

    I used to be able to get a Fresh Clean Donut at Dunkin Donuts Now that all The East Indians Have taken all of them over Most of the Donuts are Stale and The Places are so dirty its scary to even buy a Donut from East Indian Owned stores Plus when They Buy Hotels they operate them like Slum Lords they never maintain anything in the Hotels I wish they would all go back to India and stay the Heck out of the USA

  22. 1 Millon Dollars of his own money down the drain

    May 20th, 2010


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