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Democratic Socialist-endorsed challengers Lee, Innamorato trounce Costa cousins

Tom Fontaine
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1:33 a.m.
Summer Lee, left, of Swissvale, and Sara Innamorato, of Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, each won Democratic primary races for state House seats.
Summer Lee, left, of Swissvale, and Sara Innamorato, of Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, each won Democratic primary races for state House seats.
Political organizer and activist Summer Lee of Swissvale
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Political organizer and activist Summer Lee of Swissvale
Sara Innamorato
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Sara Innamorato

Tuesday wasn't a good night to be a state lawmaker named Costa.

Two women endorsed by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America trounced incumbent state Reps. Dom Costa of Pittsburgh's Stanton Heights neighborhood and Paul Costa of Wilkins in their respective Democratic primary races. The Costas are cousins.

In the 34th District, political organizer and activist Summer Lee of Swissvale collected 67.8 percent of the votes counted to Paul Costa's 32.2 percent, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

Paul Costa has been in office since 1999.

In the 21st District, marketing and communications professional Sara Innamorato of Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood picked up 64.1 percent of the votes to Dom Costa's 35.7 percent, unofficial tallies showed.

Dom Costa, a former Pittsburgh police chief, has served in the state House since 2009.

No Republicans filed paperwork to run for the GOP nomination in either race.

“These wins indicated that a renewed, vibrant left in America is not an aberration, but instead that working people are ready for real change, progressive policies and a society that works for all of us, not a select few,” Pittsburgh DSA co-chair Adam Shuck wrote in a statement.

Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review assistant news editor.

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