- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) - Low temperatures and a low turnout are forecast for a special election to fill the seat of state Rep. Dick Hess, who died in office.

The 74-year-old Hess was a 14-term Republican and chairman of the Transportation Committee when he died Sept. 6 from complications that arose after leg surgery.

The winner of Tuesday’s special election will fill the House seat for the remaining 10 months of Hess‘ term in the 78th District, which includes parts of Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties.

Republican Jesse topper is running against Democrat Barbara Barron.

Special elections tend to draw the lowest of turnouts, and below-zero morning temperatures - with a forecast high of 5 degrees - were expected to thin out the turnout even more.

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