Turnout light at county polls

As a result of Tuesday’s primary election, one thing is certain the next governor of Pennsylvania will be named Tom.

In what was a largely uneventful primary, the Democratic primary for governor was the highlight.

But it wasn’t competitive.

Amassing 1,021 votes, 59 percent of the total, Tom Wolf resoundingly won the primary in Warren County, nearly doubling up his next closest competitor, Rob McCord, who had 516 votes.

Katie McGinty, 87 votes, and Allyson Schwartz, 79, finished a distant third and fourth in the county.

By 9:15 p.m., the Associated Press called the race for Wolf.

A similar result occurred in the lieutenant governor’s race, with Mark Smith finishing with 682 votes, over 400 more than his nearest competitor.

The only other contested race was the Democratic primary for U.S. Representative in the fifth district. Kerith Strano Taylor easily defeated Thomas Tarantella in Warren County, winning by more than 250 votes. That trend was apparent throughout the district. With 46 percent of precincts reporting, Taylor had 13,816 votes to Tarantella’s 6,647.

As a result of redistricting, four townships in Warren County Columbus, Spring Creek, Eldred and Southwest will be represented in the 50th District of the State Senate. On the Democratic side, Michael Muha of Mercer County secured the Democratic nomination unopposed while Michele Brooks won the Republican nomination over Jane McPherson (Mercer), and Greg Lucas (Erie).

For state representative, incumbent Kathy Rapp on the Republican side and Toby Anderson on the Democratic ledger had their race in the upcoming general election formalized.

A referendum question in Spring Creek Township which asked, “Do you favor the issuance of licenses to conduct small games of chance in the township of Spring Creek, County of Warren, Pennsylvania?,” passed in a 84-19 vote.

Jeff Eggleston (D) and Ash Khare (R) also ran unopposed for state party committee seats. County committee members were also selected.

The following are the unofficial numbers from Tuesday’s primary balloting in Warren County.


Republican: Tom Corbett, 1506.

Democrat: Tom Wolf, 1021; Rob McCord, 516; Katie McGinty, 87; Allyson Schwartz, 79.

Lieutenant Governor:

Republican: Jim Cawley, 1613.

Democrat: Mark Smith, 682; Brad Koplinski, 236; Mark Critz, 213; Brandon Neuman, 204; Mike Stack, 182.

Fifth District Congress:

Republican: Glenn Thompson, 1799.

Democrat: Kerith Strano Taylor, 842; Thomas Tarantella, 588.

50th District State Senate:

Republican: Michele Brooks, 143; Greg Lucas, 76; Jane MacPherson, 13.

Democrat: Michael Muha, 92.

65th District State Representative:

Republican: Kathy Rapp, 1759.

Democrat: Toby Anderson, 1540.

Spring Creek Referendum Question:

Yes: 84.

No: 19.