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Another Primary Election - Another Low Voter Turnout
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            In a primary election with few contested races, slightly more than 17 percent of Montgomery County voters cast their ballots on Tuesday.  The weather was voter-friendly but even the sunshine couldn't lure more voters to a ballot-box that posed few positions and fewer contests. 

            But, the low voter turn-out that was carried out statewide did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Democrats for a gubernatorial candidate that they see as a man who thinks and acts outside of the political box and who will be a viable opponent to the current governor in November.

            In the Democratic race for governor, Tom Wolf received 484,749 (57.9 percent) of the votes to top U.S. Rep. Allison Schwartz, 147,296 (17.6 percent); state Treasurer Rob McCord, 141,076 (16.8 percent); and former state Environmental Secretary Katie McGinty, 64,075 (7.6 percent). 

            In Montgomery County, part of which resides in Schwartz's 13th Congressional District, Schwartz's home-base voters carried her in the Key to the Keystone State with 24,591 votes (54% percent) as she topped Wolf, 25,118 (40.4 percent); McCord, 10,065 (18 percent); and McGinty, 2,426 (3.9 percent).  But voters in the Philadelphia section of the district were all Wolf as they carried the York businessman over five-term Congresswoman Schwartz, 77,850 (48.10 percent) to 52,913 (32.70 percent).  Schwartz gave up her seat in the House to make the run for governor.

            In Bucks County, Wolf collected 18,735 votes (52.5 percent) to Schwartz's 9,310 (26.1 percent), McCord's 5,577 (15.6 percent) and McGinty's 2,081 (5.1 percent).

            In the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, 13-year state Sen. Mike Stack of Northeast Philadelphia bested candidates state Rep. Brandon Neuman, U. S. Rep. Mark Critz, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.  Wolf and Stack will now team-up to oppose Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley in the November general election.  Corbett and Cawley ran unopposed in the primary.

            The race to determine who will face Republican Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick for the 8th Congressional District seat pit Democrats Kevin Strouse against Shaughnessy Naughton, with Strouse taking 51 percent of the vote in Bucks County and 53.5 percent of the vote in Montgomery County. The 8th district covers all of Bucks and parts of the northeast corner of Montgomery County.

            In the 24th State Senatorial District, no Democrats appeared on the ballot, but Lansdale Borough Council Member Jack Hanson ran a write-in campaign to face incumbent Bob Mensch in the November election.  Hanson will need to receive at least 500 write-in votes to get on the fall ballot.

            Former state Rep. Tom Quigley had little trouble ousting fellow Republican Harvey Freidland 1,679-529 in his bid to regain the seat he lost to incumbent Democrat Mark Painter in the last election.  Quigley will face Painter in another November showdown.

            In the race for state representative in the 147th District, Marlborough resident Betty White ran a write-in campaign to be the Democratic candidate to challenge incumbent Marcy Toepel, who ran unopposed, in November.

            Results for write-in candidates were not yet reported.

            All results are unofficial until certified.          





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