Democratic Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Ed Gainey may face a Republican opponent in the fall, based on early results of write-in votes released Tuesday.
Retired Pittsburgh police officer Tony Moreno, 51, of Brighton Heights, has received 1,379 Republican write-in votes thus far. Moreno ran a populist campaign as a Democrat, but finished a distant third in last week’s primary election.
The write-in tally isn’t yet complete, according to Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs. But it puts him far above the 250-vote threshold to get on the ballot as a Republican. Of the 2,136 write-in votes cast, 276 Republican write-ins have yet to be tallied.
“Once all write-ins are complete, all candidates who met the threshold to qualify will receive letters with instructions,” Downs said in an email. “The candidates must file everything that they would have filed had they run for the office and they must also complete, sign (notarized) and return a form to accept the nomination.”
Aug. 9 is the deadline for candidates to accept the nomination or file papers to withdraw from the ballot.