Chrin wins Republican primary, will take on Cartwright for 8th district

SCRANTON (WOLF) -- John Chrin had much to celebrate Tuesday -- his 55th birthday and victory in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.

The race looked very tight earlier in the evening as results began trickling in.

Candidate Joe Peters took an early lead in Lackawanna County, but Chrin edged him out in the district's other four counties, winning with nearly 50% of the vote and about 5,000 more votes than Peters. A third candidate, Robert Kuniegel, trailed in third.

Chrin started his campaign last year for the 17th district, but that turned into the 8th after lines were redrawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this year.

The Lehigh Valley native worked as an investment banker for 20 years on Wall Street, but his campaign ads say he plans to stand with President Trump in "draining the swamp."

Chrin currently lives in Northampton County, which because of the new boundaries is not in the 8th district.

Candidates do not have to live in the district they're running for - but it is unusual.

Chrin will go up against incumbent Congressman Matt Carwright in November.

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