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Extraordinary Number of Voters Show Up for Midterm Election
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

Voters line up early at the poll located in the administration offices of the Upper

Perkiomen School Distict on Buck Road in Upper Hanover Township.


            Neither weather nor waiting deterred motivated votes in this mid-term General Election.

Voters showed up at the polls in impressive numbers to cast their ballots despite long waiting lines and steady rain.

            Voter turnout in most Montgomery County Communities hovered around 65%.  It has been hailed as the largest turnout for a midterm election in recent memory.

            In Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf won a second term by defeating Republican challenger Scott Wagner.  Braddock, Pa. Mayor John Fetterman will be joining Wolf as Lt. Governor.

            Democratic Senator Bob Casey was reelected to a third six-year term, topping Republican challenger Congressman Lou Barletta.

            In area Congressional races, representing new or changed congressional districts, incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will return to the House representing District 1 with a win over Democrat Scott Wallace.  The district covers Bucks County and a portion of Montgomery County.

            Pennsylvania, which currently has an all-male delegation, will now have four Democratic women heading to the House – two of them are from the Town and Country readership area.

            In District 4, covering most of Montgomery County and a small section of Berks County, Democrat Madeleine Dean bested Republican Dan David, capturing more than 60% of the vote.

            Also, District 7, which includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe Counties, will be served by Democrat Linda Wild as she topped Lehigh County Commissioner, Republican Marty Rothstein.

            District 9 saw Republican Dan Meuser defeat Democratic challenger Denny Wolf by 20 percentage points.  District 9 includes parts of Berks, Luzerne, and Northumberland Counties and all of Carbon, Lebanon, Montour and Schuylkill Counties. 

            In area statewide races, incumbent Republican Bob Mensch topped Democratic challenger Linda Fields to return for a third term in District 24.  The district covers parts of Berks, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties.

            In area races for representatives to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Republican Justin Simmons retained his seat with a win over Democrat Andy Lee in the 131st District.  The 131st includes parts of Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties.

            In the 145th District race, incumbent Representative Craig Staats was elected to his third term, defeating Democrat Brian Kline.  The 14th includes the Upper Bucks communities of

East Rockhill, Milford, Perkasie, Richland, Springfield, and West Rockhill Townships, and Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville, and Trumbauersville boroughs.

            State Representative Thomas Quigley lost his seat to Democrat Joe Cirese in the race for the 146th District which covers parts of western Montgomery County.

            In the race for the 147th District seat, incumbent Marcy Toepel held off a challenge from Democrat Josh Campson to retain her seat.

            All totals are unofficial until certified by election officials.





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