Across Wayne and Pike Counties, voting was brisk and busy on November 6. As often happens in these two counties where Republicans continue as a majority, Republican candidates prevailed.
WAYNE & PIKE - Across Wayne and Pike Counties, voting was brisk and busy on November 6. As often happens in these two counties where Republicans continue as a majority, Republican candidates prevailed. This was true even when it went contrary to the will of the people statewide.
Voter turnout was 49.41% in Pike County, and 60.49% in Wayne County.
Interest in the mid-term elections were high nationwide, with U.S. senate and congressional seats at stake.
Here’s a look at how candidates fared state or district-wide compared to how they did in Wayne and Pike Counties. Winners are listed first. Results are considered preliminary, pending canvassing of the votes by county election boards.
United States Senator
Robert P. Casey Jr. (D) won a new term with 55.58% of the votes.
Louis J. Baletta (R) had 42.77%.
Neal Taylor Gale (G) and Dale R. Kerns Jr. (L) were marginal, with 0.62% and 1.02%, respectively.
In Pike County, Barletta won, with 11,612 votes. Casey had 8671; Gale, 149 and Kerns, 177.
In Wayne County, Barletta won, with 12,239 votes. Casey had 7579; Gale, 119 and Kerns, 149.
U.S. Congress 8th District
Matthew A. Cartwright (D) won a new term as Congressman with 54.65% of the votes. John Robert Chrin (R) received 45.35%.
If left up to Pike County, Chrin would have won with 11,882 votes. Cartwright received 8702.
It was the same outcome in Wayne County. Chrin received 14,972 votes. Cartwright had 2736.
Thomas W. Wolf (D) received a second term with 57.64% of the votes cast. Scott R. Wagner (R) earned 40.82%.
Paul Glover (G) had 0.55% and Kenneth V. Krawchuk (L) had 0.98%.
In Pike County, Wagner won, with 11,358 votes. Wolf had 9053; Glover, 127 and Krawchuk, 187.
In Wayne County, Wagner won, with 11,726 votes. Wolf had 7982; Glover, 133 and Krawchuk, 178.
PA Senate 20th District
Elisabeth (Lisa) J. Baker (R) won a new term with 82.31% of the votes. Green Party candidate John J. Sweeney had 17.69%.
In Pike County, Baker won, with 13,426 votes; Sweeney had 4012.
The majority of Wayne County voters agreed with Pike. Baker received 14,972 votes; Sweeney, 2736.
111th District (Susquehanna/Wayne)
Jonathan Fritz (R) received a new term with 71.74%. Rebecca L. Kinney (D) had 28.26%.
In Wayne County, Fritz’s home turf, Fritz won with 7388; Kinney, of Susquehanna County, had 2771.
139th District (Wayne/Pike)
Michael T. Peifer (R) won a new term with 65.44%. His challenger, Orlando D. Marrero (D), received 34.56%, or just over one-third of the total votes.
In Pike County, Peifer received 9981 votes; Marrero, 4955.
In Wayne County, Peifer received 7070 votes; Marrero, 2756.
189th District (Monroe/Pike)
Rosemary Brown (R) won a new term with 58.49% of the vote. Adam Anthony Rodriguez (D) received 41.51%.
In Pike County, Brown received 3336 votes; Rodriguez, 2235.