BLUE BELL, Pa. (CBS) –– It was a hard fought, expensive campaign (see previous story), and Election Night proved equally grueling as the results for Montgomery County commissioner swung back and forth.

Late in the evening, Democratic candidates Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards forged ahead of Republicans Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown, as votes streamed in from Lower Merion, Abington, and other Democratic strongholds.

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Democratic party leaders say turnout was exceptionally strong in those areas.

Other than in Montgomery County, there really weren’t many surprises at the county level in the Pennsylvania suburbs.

The Democrats thought they had a chance to take control of county government in Bucks County, but in the end the GOP retained control of the board.  Charley Martin and Rob Loughery will make up the majority party, with Diane Marseglia the lone Democrat.

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In Delaware County, Republicans Colleen Morrone, Thomas McGarrigle, and John McBlain were winners, and former councilman Jack Whelan was elected Delco district attorney.

In Chester County, the winners were Republicans Terence Farrell and Ryan Costello, and Tom Hogan was elected district attorney.

Reported by Paul Kurtz and Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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