Pennsylvania Election Results 2012

The Keystone State helped Barack Obama win re-election in what was a good night for Democrats across Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania helped President Barack Obama win re-election as U.S. Sen. Bob Casey fended off a feisty challenge from Republican coal magnate Tom Smith in what turned out to be a big night for Democrats in the Keystone State.

Democrats held the lead in three state row office races as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday with close to 98 percent of the vote in, according to unofficial results.

Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney from Lackawanna County, made history by becoming the first Democrat and first woman to be elected as the state's attorney general. The Republican candidate, David Freed, is a two-term district attorney in Cumberland County.

Democrat Eugene DePasquale of York leads Republican John Maher of Allegheny in the auditor general race.

Democratic incumbent Treasurer Rob McCord of Montgomery County won a second term by defeating Republican Diana Irey Vaughan, a county commissioner from Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania.

2012 ELECTION RESULTS (98.82 percent reporting)

     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results U.S. President


2,864,619 Romney-Ryan 2,580,543

U.S. Senate

Bob Casey

2,899,659 Tom Smith 2,417,029

PA Attorney General

Kathleen Kane

David Freed 2,227,836

PA Auditor Eugene DePasquale 2,623,291
John Maher 2,454,802

PA Treasurer Robert McCord 2,762,278
Diana Irey Vaughan 2,315,845

Election Day was busy in eastern Pennsylvania with reports of problems and controversy and several polling places.

In Easton, signs appeared offering a A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs.

ID Requests
Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law.

Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the plan. "Voters are not required to show an ID or to have one, but they are going to be asked if they have one by poll workers."

"We view this as a soft rollout for when Pennsylvania's voter ID law is in full effect next year," Keeler said.

Voters in Newtown encountered two large signs that said “Please Have Your Photo ID Ready." A member of the local Democratic Party said she encountered the signs at 7 a.m. at the entrance to the polling line and that some people were leaving because they did not have an ID. No one at the polling place, including the election judge, claimed responsibility for posting the signs.

Challenges for Voters and Poll Watchers
In Philadelphia in overwhelmingly Democratic districts. Democrats denied this, but said the poll watchers main goal wasn’t to monitor potential voter fraud, but to suppress the vote and lower turnout. A judge ordered that the poll watchers be reinstated.

In Phoenixville, a Republican poll watcher challenged the eligibility of a voter who had an “inactive” voter registration status because he hadn’t voted in five years. The man left, later returned to the polling place with his ID and was able to cast his ballot.

Viral Touchscreen Video
There also have been technical issues with voting in Pennsylvania. One voter posted this video on Youtube of a touchscreen machine apparently incorrectly registering his vote for President Barack Obama as a vote for Mitt Romney.

Hurricane Sandy is also causing problems at the polls. In Philadelphia County, commissionersstruggled to process 28,000 new registrations that came in after the hurricane caused election offices to shut down for two days.

In Montgomery County, Democratic County Commissioners Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards, and their Republican colleague Bruce Castor said Tuesday afternoon that Election Day in the county is proceeding smoothly.

Voters Asked About Their Party Affiliation

Voters in Nazareth, Northampton County told Patch they were put off by a woman - possibly an RNC poll watcher - who asked them questions inside a polling place at Gracedale Nursing Home.

Voter Mark Cloeren said, "There was an RNC rep in the voting room asking each voter 'Republican or Democrat?' After a bit of a discussion she said she was asking whether you were registered one way or the other. But it came across more like she wanted to know how you were voting."

Another resident said the woman continued to talk with voters if they told her they were Republican. A thid voter told Patch he found the situation odd and uncomfortable.

The woman was not at the polls when a Patch editor went there. The judge of elections at the poll told Patch she didn't hear any politicking in the room and didn't know who appointed the woman.

Any party or political organization is entitled to have watchers at any primary or election.


Original Report:

Influential Pennsylvania political insiders differ on the key to winning the Keystone State for President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney.

Republicans say the role of undecided and independent voters will be key to a Romney win, while Democrats say turning out their base is the top priority for Obama, according to Red Keystone/Blue Keystone surveys by Patch.

(50 Republicans and 29 Democrats replied to the surveys, which were sent to local officials, candidates and party leaders)

Here's how the replies broke down:

Republicans on what's more important

  • 13 - Get out the base
  • 35 - Convince undecided/independent voters

Democrats on what's more important

  • 21 - Get out the base
  • 6 - Convince undecided/independent voters

Who will win Pennsylvania?

Democrats were far more unified than GOP in their opinion of who will win Pennsylvania. Twenty-seven said Obama, while just two said Romney. Eighteen Republicans said Obama and 32 said Romney.

Who had the best ground game and ad campaign?

Democrats and Republicans both largely supported their candidate on the question of who ran the best campaign. Patch asked survey takers to assess the campaigns regardless of the respondent's partisan preference.

How did Pa. vote in 2008 presidential race?

In 2008, Pennsylvania voted Democratic with nearly 3.3 million voters, or 55 percent, casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin earned nearly 2.7 million votes. According to statistics collected by the Pennsylvania Department of State office, voter turnout tallied about 68.4 percent in 2008. 

Here's a sampling of comments from our surveys:


  • I think the results will be extremely close and will be based on turnout, yet at the same time, I believe the local elections down the ballot will be affected in results by the amount of times a person is willing to switch parties. They will for president, but the questions remains, when will they change back to their party?

  • If Pennsylvania goes to Romney, it's going to be an early election night. Looks like team R and R may have caught the president flatfooted.
  • Republicans will increase House margin from 12-7 to 13-5
  • Record voter turnout in GOP areas, average turnout in Dem areas.
  • I think voters are disappointed with how things have gone the past four years and will make that frustration heard at the polls on Tuesday.


  • The presidential campaign has been lackluster in Pennsylvania. Obama felt that this was his state from the beginning, and Romney has not been highly involved until recently.
  • While I believe the enthusiasm for President Obama has diminished a bit since the 2008 election, I'm not seeing much enthusiasm at all for Gov. Romney.
  • I think Casey, Kane and McCord will win. Auditor General will be a nail biter and, unfortunately, I believe [U.S. Rep.] Mark Critz is going to lose. I think the Democrats will pick up a total of 4-6 seats in the State House and 1 in the State Senate.
  • Pennsylvania must institute an early voting program - similar to 37 other states. 
  • I am distressed and, quite frankly, disgusted with the influence of the Super PACs on this election. Money should not buy a candidate an office and these Super PACs exist only to use their dollars to buy the office for the candidate of their choice. Their ads are, in many cases, misleading and misinformed. If those individuals have so much money, why don't they use it to help people rather than work to tear our country apart with their rhetoric?
Crestor Januvia November 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
That was before they figured out Obamacare was going to cost TWICE what they thought. WHAT FORM OF IDIOT BELIEVES ANY OF THE ESTIMATES the government puts out. Stuff always cost 4x what they say. Obamacare was supposed to be 800 billion over 4 years, then they revised it to 1.6 TRILLION. IT WILL ACTUALLY COST 6 TRILLION. AND WE WILL BE BROKE. WE WILL BE LIKE GREECE. BROKE. NO SERVICES. FINISHED. All because you STUPID democrats can't figure out that Obama has us on an unsustainable trajectory toward 70% of the citizens living off government. MORONS.
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Aww how cute another angry right winger who is hiding behind a stupid name thinks I actually care.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
naw, you dont care, thats why you ignored me...oh, wait, NOT
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
actually, doper, i think an 8th grader might find that funny. why npt go ask some of your 30 year old 8th grade friends
Rae November 06, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Earnest, I won't convince you that Obama needs to accept responsibility for what has happened under his watch. You are misinformed on Obama not allowing the pipeline to go through federal lands. Under his EPA, the coal industry will be regulated out of business. As for renewable energy, are you talking about the following companies who got taxpayer money: 1. Solyndra - 500 Million 2. Beacon Power - 43 Million 3. A123 Systems - 248 Million 4. Abount Solar - 400 million These are some of the companies Obama gave our (my) tax dollars to. What right does he have to gamble my tax dollars on his "hunches."
Rae November 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Earnest, by the way, all of the four above are bankrupt.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
thats only the tip of the iceberg.....what's going to come out after he is reelected is how much he gave to the Muslim Brotherhood....
Veronica holz November 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Wow, I can't keep up with your witty reparte!
Rae November 06, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Ed, I drive a Ford Fusion Hybrid. How is it you think you know anything about me?
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
My comment applies to the vast majority of the population at large, regardless of political persuasion.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Rae, you don't get it. Doper thinks he is smarter than you....wait until his hero, Hussein Obama gets reelcted....this country is in for disaster
Abraham November 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Rae, actually five different renewable energy companies that the Obama administration extended loan guarantees went bankrupt. That's 5 out of a total of 63 - roughly an 8% failure rate. Compare that rate to the Bain Capital success rate under Romney. During Romney's tenure at Bain, 23% of the companies in which Bain invested went bankrupt - three times the rate.
Christopher Donald November 06, 2012 at 09:08 PM
1. Regulation of the coal industry to produce cleaner coal in an environmentally more sustainable way is a realistic goal. Energy companies should be forced to use clean coal and miners should be able to work in safer conditions. How you cannot support that is beyond me. 2. There were excesses in the renewable energy investment. Whether it is criminal or just bad investment remains to be seen. However it is a fact now that the US is behind in production of renewable energy and we need to find efficient ways to encourage its use. China now owns the solar panel market... we need to regain leadership in this area. 3. Drilling is important.. but lets do it in a way so that we do not have another oil spill like we did in the Gulf. 4. Drilling in National Parks is not going to lower the price of gas. Gas prices are going up regardless due to increased demand abroad. That fact needs to be kept in the forefront of the development of a better national energy policy.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Abraham, typical liberal jackass. The difference is Blowbama's was MY MONEY..
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Actually I'm pretty damn sure I'm a hell of a lot smarter than some trollish toolbag who hides behind a fake name, and can't even have an intelligent argument without throwing around childish arguments. Yep, I'm way f'ing smarter than you, now get back to your trailer park, drink a six pack, and resume beating your wife while blaming minorities for why your stupid ass can't find work. p.s. I didn't even vote for B.O, dumbass.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
@ Ed Doper....now who's the immature jackass? How many people do you think you're fooling with that hat, you bald dumbass?
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Dude seriously, 8th graders can do better than your insults. Your life is full of fail.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
And you head is full of sunburn...
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
no it's not, that's why I wear a hat, dumbass.
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
chrome dome dumbass
Haywood Joublomie November 06, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Hey Doper.....no wonder you have no business. who is going to trust a "photographer" who tries to fool people by wearing a hat and pretending he isn't bald...
. November 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Haywood Joublomie = Jack Minster. What a loser....
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I'm not pretending, it's part of my uniform as a fervent supporter of my communist brother Fidel. That way I can identify myself to all the other secret muslim communist socialist america haters as we rally around our Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein Obama. Duh. Haven't you figured that out by now.
Ed_Doper_Is_Bald November 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
now how did you figure that out, Richard...I mean Dick?
Sparkling Cyanide November 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I care about her son and everybody else's children. I am a mother of three. I understand
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
In other news the sky is blue, cats hate dogs, and your life is still a failure. Also, of course I'm bald. Actually I'm completely hairless, in accordance with the rules of our Obama worshiping cult. Fortunately, your wife doesn't seem to mind.
Ed_Doper_Is_Bald November 06, 2012 at 09:48 PM
ohhhh, a wife shot! Very creative, doper. Next thing you know, I'm gonna tell a mom joke....Well, your Mom is so fat she has her own zip code! You bald jackass
Ed Roper November 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I like you. You know what, lets stop the hate. You should come over and cuddle. Come on, two grown men, one completely hairless, in a warm embrace. It will do a lot to help heal the wounds of this election. Watcha say...
Jim Cardano November 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM
It is too bad that Romney lost. you thought SANDY was bad. It was a wake-up call to straighten out our lives. God will not put up with us much longer and the chastisement will be harsh. We have a leader who prompts gay marriage and murdering of innocent children. When the chastisement starts remember you heard it first hear.
Bill November 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
O Voter Fraud. Was it stolen or did he win? Wish list complete. More Senators check, same sex marriage check, legalize weed check, abortion on demand check, everybody hand getting greased check, check, check. Things that make you go Uhm... Came across this web site that is logging the voter fraud reported and investigated by news services. Click each link and read the articles if you have the time. http://obamavoterfraud.blogspot.com/2012/11/barack-obama-voter-fraud-2012.html?m=1


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