Believe it or not, Callahan beat Dent most convincingly in Easton, where Dent's 1,439-vote tally was just half of Callahan's 2,996 total. Lots of lever pullers. This might explain why the Vulcanos, both of whom are brain-dead, keep getting re-elected. Or the Fleckster, whose most notable accomplishment is getting caught lying about his college graduation when he first ran for Mayor.
Dent served as a State Representative and State Senator in Allentown, and did better there than in Easton. His 8,142 head-count put him at 76% of Callahan's 10,700 votes in a Democratic haven in which lever pullers are carted to the polls at 5 PM.
The City in which Dent did best, believe it or not, is the Christmas City, Callahan's hometown. Dent hit Callahan hard on Bethlehem's $8.5 million deficit, and was rewarded with 7,799 votes. That's 81% of Callahan's 9,594 total. Dent actually beat Callahan in six North Bethlehem wards in Northampton County. And in Northwest Bethlehem, where Callahan grew up, Dent captured another three precincts. There was even a tie (197-197) in Bethlehem's 13th ward, 8th district.
So Dent failed in the three Cities, but Callahan failed everywhere else, even in the older boroughs. Hellertown, for example, is made of of many retired steel workers and NYC commuters. It still went with Dent, 791-750. So did Emmaus (1765-1465) and Nazareth (784-659). These older boroughs are very much like the cities, except they are less transient and are likely better informed about local races.
Last week, I asked an Allentown City Council member (I won't mention his name because I never asked for permission to quote him) whether it's still possible for a Republican to win in Hellertown. Without batting an eye, he said No. Too many lever pullers. Instead of electing people who will serve you, the cities are electing union agents. And because people like Jenn Mann knows nobody can beat her, she'll take a consulting job with a state contractor.