Skip to comments.Pennsylvania Primary Results
Posted on 04/24/2012 7:42:19 PM PDT by P.O.E.
President of the United States
Candidate Votes Percent
GINGRICH, NEWT (REP) 62,556 10.6%
ROMNEY, MITT (REP) 339,097 57.3%
PAUL, RON (REP) 77,897 13.2%
SANTORUM, RICK (REP) 112,061 18.9%
Candidate Votes Percent OBAMA, BARACK (DEM) 484,958 100.0%
United States Senator
Candidate Votes Percent
CHRISTIAN, DAVID ALAN (REP) 54,691 9.8%
SCARINGI, MARC A. (REP) 40,834 7.4%
WELCH, STEVEN D. (REP) 114,296 20.6%
SMITH, TOM (REP) 231,013 41.6%
ROHRER, SAM (REP) 115,072 20.7%
Candidate Votes Percent
VODVARKA, JOSEPH JOHN (DEM) 108,888 20.2%
CASEY, JR, BOB (DEM) 429,419 79.8%
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The country you grew up in - a vibrant thriving nation - is no more. Sucks.
LOL. You say that now. Just wait till that Gov race rolls around and no other than Boob Casey Jr is running against Corbett. If Smith knocks him out, it would be the next logical step or if Boob wants to move up to daddy's old job, he may do it even if reelected. He is the Rats best shot at that spot. The Casey's never have lost a General election in PA. Never.
Also I hear do nothing Corbett peed off the GOP rank and file as well forcing Welch as their guy. His credibility is shot and that isn't doing him any favors trying to run things around here. If he bothers to run things around here.
The GOP and Romney destroyed Santorum in an all-out attack. I guess I will vote Constitution Party. What other choice do I have?
Yes, guess it’s just back to doomsday prepping, prayer, and family for me. Not sure why I believed they would actually give a real human like Santorum a chance.
I’m not sure what more the GOP can do to make it any more abundantly clear that they don’t want conservatives or anything we believe in.
At this point, anyone still on board with the Republican party is a master of lying to themselves. That’s not rhetoric, it’s provable and proven fact. When a political party goes against it’s own written platform to embrace the philosophy of the opposition, then they aren’t really the opposition. When a political party attacks it’s own base of supporters, demonizes them and works to rid themselves of that influence...and someone supports those who do it, well, they either don’t really believe the things they say they do or are lying to themselves and saying liberalism is really a conservative value. Period. There is no other explanation. I’ll write in someone I believe in, myself if it comes to that and the rest of the sheep can enjoy their Utopia as it burns. I refuse to contribute to the destruction of what’s left of America. I will go down with the ship.
And if he loses this one to a random millionaire he'd go on to win the Governorship? I doubt that. And I doubt he'll run for Governor if he's reelected Senator as he probably will be. But even if he does and even if he wins it won't have anything to do with this Senate primary, this isn't Specter-Toomey, it was between several nobodies for the right to go on to probably lose to Casey, it is not gonna have long term political ramifications for Corbett, no matter how pissed off you may be about it today 2 and half years before the next gubernatorial election.
I am not pissed at all. I voted Rorher at the last minute, but was going for Smith as late as this morning. A FReeper talked me out of it.
I do think Casey is going for the Gov seat because unlike all the other incumbent Govs in PA, Corbett is a weak loser. He is getting nothing done, promises are going unfulfilled and he is a general nub with no public appeal. If Casey wins reelect, he will be unstoppable with his fresh victory. If he loses, he has nothing to lose anyway. Why not go after a weak incumbent Gov. Forcing the grandees in the GOP to back a loser for Senate isn’t going to help Corbett fend off Casey. It weakened him tonight. You and I might forget about it, but Harrisburg pols who went out on a limb for Welch will not.
Well the streak is due to be broken. It’s actually more a each party wins 2 in row thing. If only Schweiker had run in 2002 against that swine Rendell. He would have kept the incumbent streak but broken the 2 in row thing.
If Casey loses to this Smith guy though that means Casey is weak himself. If Corbett is as lousy as all that a primary challenge or browbeating him into not running would be prudent. Florida is dealing with the same thing, the new GOP Governor is as popular as mud.
I would’ve gone for Rorher too. I just can’t trust this guy Smith that was a democrat just last year, there are too many self-proclaimed tea party favorites. His money though may be the only thing to give the GOP a chance against Casey.
I don’t think Smith is that bad a selection. First off Rorher ran a lousy campaign. He had no coverage in my area, which is where a Conservative needs to be getting the vote out. The phone rang off the hook here for every other candidate in the race except for Sam. Not good. I don’t know if it was money or what. Smith has cash. The first thing needed to knock off Casey. Second, he doesn’t have a voting record. Rohrer has a long one and Casey would just beat him all day long with it. We are not a Conservative state. You need RINO voters to win here. Now the focus of the race will be on Caseys crappy record. There is a lot to mine there.
The biggest impediment to knocking Boob out will be overcoming his name recognition. I just hope enough old timers have checked out that it starts becoming meaningless in comparison to his record. Tall order.
I knew Perry was the annointed man and Reilly would have a tough fight on his hands as well as the upstart trial lawyer Summers.
But the last robocall I got from Perry featured the voice of Todd Platts praising Perry.
Perry will be another Platts meandering all over the place.
I join you in acknowledging that the GOP is a lost cause. Not sure if there is enough enthusiasm for a third party. It's just comical when people in panic try to tell us that we're "choosing Obama" if we don't support ObamaLite aka Romney. Glad FR is still here for now. After that I have my family and our remote location.
Romney carried by 86,582 over combind “conservatives” that is pretty decisive. What the final will be still shows the conservative message didn’t get out. Romney is not going to move right. It’s going to be sameo-sameo and very very little change in policy direction. If Romney takes it we’ill be lucky if Obamacarte gets tossed let alone the changes in EPA or the other misdirected course the country is on.
I don’t think what you are seeing for turnout now will have much bearing on the national race.
When you get out and talk to most people, they don’t particularly care who the nominee is, they are just waiting to go out and get rid of Obama.
They should care, but since the choices weren’t all that exciting, this is what you get.
In a way, in Indiana, I hope that a lower turnout will garner a result that will bring out the most committed to getting rid of Lugar. If the POTUS candidate is decided, I think that might happen.
I had to chuckle over the ads Murphy’s challenger, Kathleen Kane, was running, especially the one which proudly touted that President Bill Clinton had endorsed her, she of the long, dark hair, short skirts, and high heels.
Welch had also supported D candidates as recently as 2010 -- he supported Democrat US Senate candidate Joe Sestak. He was also dogged by claims that he voted for Obama in 2008. Claims he denied. Hmmm.
Smith was a former D for 30+ years.
Both were claiming fiscal and social conservatism. We'll see.
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Great Pat Murphy lost.
I just saw a few pictures of Kathleen Kane, and I must say, when she prosecutes a case, while there would be doubts concerning the guilt or innocence of the defendant, it would be clear that the prosecutor is Not Guilty. Murphy had no chance trying to get Clinton’s endorsement.
I agree. It’s all about the money and Mittens and his PACs raised millions over seven years.
Well, he still has his ambulance chasing job to fall back on. I suspect this isn't the last we'll see of this floater.
John Fund agrees with me regarding Rothfus’s chances against Crtiz in November:
In the Pittsburgh suburbs, labor did better by winning a grudge match against Representative Jason Altmire, a key Blue Dog Democrat. Union leaders were furious at Altmire over his vote against Obamacare, claiming he had promised them he be vote for it before reneging in the end and opposing it.
Alleghany County Labor Council head Jack Shea put it bluntly: He told a roomful of 60 labor leaders that at the end of the day, the last version of whatever the House bill was going to be, he would be there.
As a result, the unions went all out for Representative Mark Critz, a former aide to the late Representative John Murtha, who was thrown into the same seat as Altmire through redistricting. Critz wasnt yet in office when Obamacare passed in March 2010, and has expressed disapproval of much of the bill. But on the campaign trail he pounded away at Altmires vote for a Republican balanced-budget amendment, saying it would savage Social Security and Medicare.
In the end, the race came down to turnout and regional loyalty. Critz had only represented 27 percent of the new seats voters, but union workers made 36,000 phone calls and cranked up turnout so that 40 percent of the primary vote came from Critz areas. That mattered. Critz won an astonishing 90 percent of the vote in his home turf, managing to beat Altmire by two points.
But his success may be short-lived. The new congressional district actually tilts Republican, having given John McCain 54 percent of the vote in 2008. Republican nominee Keith Rothfus has more money in the bank than Critz does after the draining Democratic donnybrook, and Rothfus came within only a single point of defeating Altmire in 2010.
Look for a hotly contested liberal vs. conservative race this fall, but Id give the edge to Rothfus, who will have both a united party and favorable demographics in his corner.
I don’t know any of these people.
Fund is a moron
Ty the feel good story of the day
I stuck a Newt sign in the schoolyard lawn and gave 2 Paul signs to my neighbor and he hung em on a tree and I voted for Newt who came in 3rd in my city where 500 voted and 3rd in CT ... I was voter #29 at my school at 10am ... 4 hours to get 29 votes ...
Rothfus is gonna make crackers out of Critz.
Let's hope so. It will be nice to be rid of that Murtha clone.