Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks at a mayoral debate sponsored by Just Harvest and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council in Brookline on May 2, 2017. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

In what was probably the least surprising victory in recent elections, Pittsburgh Mayor William M. Peduto all but won reelection for a second term Tuesday night, defeating two opponents in the city’s Democratic primary.

Barring a successful run from a Republican challenger, which is unlikely and would be unprecedented, Peduto will continue in his job until 2022.

Like other highly partisan municipalities in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh’s primaries serve as de-facto general elections because few, if any, candidates from opposing parties run. In Peduto’s case, he faces no Republican opponents in the formal general election in November.

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