Romney Wins Primary at State, Neighborhood Level
Both across the state and in Roxborough-Manayunk, Mitt Romney won the primary without much fuss.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had little trouble winning the Pennsylvania Republican primary for President of the United States, with his closest competition coming from a man who no longer is in the race.
Romney finished with 57 percent of the vote, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum at 19 percent. Santorum withdrew from the race earlier this month. Texas congressman Ron Paul finished third with 13 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was last with 11 percent of the vote.
Romney won Philadelphia's 21st Ward, which includeds Roxborough and Manayunk, collecting over 737 votes, resulting in over 66 percent of total votes. Santorum, Paul and Gingrich all had vote counts in the low 100s in Roxborough-Manayunk, according to election totals.
In the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, incumbent Sen. Bob Casey of Lackawanna County easily defeated Joseph Vodvarka of Robinson Township, Allegheny County, by a four-to-one margin in the Democratic primary.
Casey recieved over 2,300 votes in Roxborough Manayunk, good enough for over 83 percent of the vote. Vodvarka recieved less than 500 total votes in the area.
Vodvarka, who spent the evening with his family at his home, said he thought his message of fair trade resonated with voters who are concerned about jobs being shipped overseas. He blamed the media for not taking an interest in his campaign, pointing to stories about the Republican U.S. senate candidates and contending there had been a dearth of coverage of his candidacy.
“They mentioned everyone else, but they never said my name,” Vodvarka said. “The media avoided me like the plague.”
Former coal company owner Tom Smith will face Casey in November after winning a five-man race for the Republican nomination. Smith recieved nearly 500 votes in Roxborough-Manayunk.
- In the race for Pennsylvania Attorney General, Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane defeated former military prosecutor Patrick Murphy of Bucks County.
Kane will face Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.
- In the race for Pennsylvania Auditor General, state Rep. John Maher of Upper St. Clair easily defeated Dauphin County businessman Frank Pinto in the Republican primary.
"The voters declared today that Pennsylvania deserves an auditor for auditor general," Maher said during his victory speech at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South hotel in Bethel Park.
Maher will face York County state representative Eugene DePasquale in November.
- In the race for state treasurer, Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. She will face incumbent state treasurer Robert McCord, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.