2016-11-12 / Front Page

Local voters part of Republican victory wave


Election Day was a special occasion for Coudersport’s Maxine Shear. She celebrated her 100th birthday by casting her vote at the Coudersport Public Library. Accompanied by daughter Laurie Shear, Maxine was greeted with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” by election workers when she arrived. 
John F. Domaleski photo Election Day was a special occasion for Coudersport’s Maxine Shear. She celebrated her 100th birthday by casting her vote at the Coudersport Public Library. Accompanied by daughter Laurie Shear, Maxine was greeted with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” by election workers when she arrived. John F. Domaleski photo One of the most divisive elections in recent U.S. history concluded Tuesday with anti-establishment

Republican candidate Donald Trump defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Rural Pennsylvanians, including a heavy majority of voters in Cameron and Potter counties, played a critical role in delivering the Keystone State’s electoral votes to Trump by an unofficial vote margin of 2,912,351 to 2,844,339.

Another Republican, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, rode a similar wave of rural support to edge Democratic nominee Katie McGinty for his second six-year term.

Locally, Congressman Glenn Thompson and State Senator Joe Scarnati cruised to lopsided wins. State Representative Martin Causer and Matt Baker were unopposed. All are Republicans.

Voter turnout was heavy throughout the region. Approximately 72 percent of Potter County’s registered voters and 64 percent of Cameron’s turned out on Tuesday.

Potter County Director of Elections Sandra Lewis said numbers were a modern-day high.

“This is the largest turnout in my 16 years here,” Lewis said. “I’d have to check my records, but it may be the largest turnout ever.”

Potter County voters cast 6,247 ballots for Trump/ Pence, 1,300 for Clinton/ Kaine and 230 for the three other three candidates.

Cameron County gave Trump/Pence 1,495 votes; Clinton/Kaine 469; and others, 60.

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