The biggest story to come out of the May 17th Primary is this: The future of the Republican Party in Philadelphia rests on the outcome of the Mayoral Primary.

At 11:25PM with 95% of the vote in, John Featherman is winning by only 4 votes.


He currently has 8,120 votes while Karen Brown has 8,116. Karen Brown is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Party who, until this year, was a life-long Democrat. Its been largely insinuated that the change of party wasn’t a change of idolatry as much as it was a real part of the Republican Party of Philadelphia to lose this election. Why that’s the case, I have no real idea. 

Meanwhile, John Featherman is completely anti-establishment. He’s literally is running against the establishment because the Republican Party heads don’t like him. He’s a Progressive Republican who’s pro-legalization of drugs and is also pro-choice. His ads have made fun of the fact that Philly has become such a one-party town and is pointing out everything wrong with it.

At 11:36PM, the margin is down to only 3 votes with 95% remaining.

Would the Republican Party of Philadelphia actually force a recount? 

If they did, they would be doing one of two things; First, they would be saying that, yes, they did give a damn about this election and they are taking their candidate seriously. The second would be that they see John Featherman as a threat. I think it would be the later, and doing so is just going to make the local party weaker. In either case, we would see a LOT more coverage of the Republican Party of Philadelphia, which more than anything could help spawn a real debate of how to get back a two-party system in Philly.

On the flip-side, John Featherman could demand a recall. Would the Republican’s deny him one out of fear?

It’s 11:41PM. The total now is John Featherman with 8,121 and Karen Brown with 8,118. Who will win?

Larry West
Larry West - Larry West is a Philadelphia Artist who specializes in classic pen and ink drawings, digital designing, photography, and more. His inspirations comes from exploring the occult, the macabre, and examining the taboos in contemporary society by portraying them in a different light. Larry’s credits include illustrations for the band Wednesday 13, Mikimoto jewelry, and the Admiral Theatre. His photography was published in Rolling Stone Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly.
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