Armstrong County goes to Romney
The message in the numbers came across loud and clear: Armstrong County in this presidential election is Republican country.
Armstrong voters, who turned out at 68 percent, showed their support for Republican candidates running for office at the national level.
In the presidential race, Armstrong voters made the Republican ticket of Romney and Ryan their choice with 19,231 votes, 68 percent, to 8,694 votes, 31 percent, for the incumbent Democratic team of Obama and Biden, according to unofficial returns.
Not surprisingly, the hometown candidate for the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, Republican Tom Smith of Plumcreek, garnered 18,572 votes, 66 percent, to Democrat Bob Casey Jr.'s 9,141 votes, 32 percent, in the county, according to the unofficial count.
For U.S. representative in the U.S. Congress in the 3rd District, which includes all of Armstrong County, the incumbent, Republican Mike Kelly, had the most votes with 18,056, 65 percent, to 8,305, 30 percent, tallied for the challenger, Democrat Missa Eaton, according the unofficial numbers reported in the county. Overall Kelly, 64, of Butler was beating Democrat Missa Eaton, 49, of Sharon for a second term, 54 percent to 42 percent.
“There was a lot of dissatisfaction with President Obama that was bringing out a lot of people and Tom Smith was bringing out a lot in this area,” said Republican Jeff Pyle, winner of the state House 60th District race.
“There were very concerted efforts by the GOP and an awful lot of people to bring people out and drive out the vote. There was no doubt the county was going to go Republican.”
Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
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