Strong Republican Vote in Armstrong County Didn’t Follow Statewide Totals

Armstrong County Courthouse on Election night 2018

While the state voted Democratic incumbents back into office, Armstrong County had strong Republican vote count.

The polls closed last night at 8. By 8;20, ABC News had projected Democrat Tom Wolf’s re-election as Pennsylvania governor. Republican Scott Wagner conceded his loss shortly before 10PM.

Before 9:00, CNN reported Democrat Bob Casey would keep his seat as senator defeating Republican challenger Lou Barletta.

But Armstrong County didn’t follow the Democratic voting trail of the big cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Unofficial tabulation was finished by 10PM showing 58.53% of registered voters in Armstrong County went to the polls – 24,202 of 41,350 voters.

For Governor, Armstrong County overwhelmingly wanted Republican Scott Wagner with 14,942 (62.42%) of the vote over Tom Wolf’s 8,565 (35.78%).

For United States Senator, the local vote was again a landslide for Republican Lou Barletta with 14,999 (63.08%) of Armstrong County votes. Democrat Bob Casey Jr. could only find 8,304 voters (34.92%) to vote for him.

In other races, Republican Glenn GT Thompson won with 16,291 (69.10%) over Democrat Susan Boser who garnered 7,266 (30.82%) votes to the 15th Congressional District. Due to realignment, Thompson will represent areas previously held by Mike Kelly. State Representative Jeff Pyle (R-60) ran unopposed. For State Representative in the 63rd District, Republican incumbent Donna Oberlander easily defeated Conrad Warner with nearly 81% of her district’s vote.