Carbon voters back Romney
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Reviewing election results in the Carbon County Election Bureau, Jim Thorpe, last night are, front, Colleen Klein, assistant chief clerk, and standing l-r, Jane Krebs, election staff, and Lisa Dart, supervisor of the Election Bureau.
Voters in Carbon County yesterday gave Republican Mitt Romney the edge over President Barack Obama.
Romney received 12,710 votes in the unofficial balloting, or 52.21 percent, while Obama netted 11,040 votes, or 45.35 percent.
The voting does not include absentee or provisional ballots.
Lisa Dart, supervisor of the Carbon County Election Bureau, said these ballots will be canvassed beginning 9 a.m. Friday.
The voters of Carbon also favored Republican Tom Smith over Democrat Bob Casey Jr. for U.S. Senator, although Casey was the state-wide winner.
Smith got 12,033 votes in Carbon, or 50.27 percent, while Casey received 11,330 vote, or 47.33 percent.
For Pa. Attorney General, the voters in Carbon went with the state's majority, selecting Democrat Kathleen Kane over Republican David Freed. Kane, who campaigned hard on her role in fighting corruption in the Lackawanna County court system, netted 12,583 votes in Carbon, or 53.58 percent, while Freed was the recipient of 10,173 votes, or 43.32 percent.
For auditor general, the Carbon County voters picked Republican John Maher over Democrat Eugene DePasquale by a margin of 11,245 o 10,165, or 49.18 percent to 44.45 percent.
The voting for state treasurer was close in Carbon, with Democrat Robert McCort besting Republican Diana Vaughan by just 516 votes: 11,055 to 10,539.
Electors in 15 precincts got to choose between Republican Lou Barletta and Democrat Gene Stilp for the 11th Congressional District. Barletta won, 4,350 to 2,416 among the Carbon voters.
For the 17th Congressional District, the voters in 36 Carbon precincts gave the nod to Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, over his Republican challenger, Laureen Cummings. Cartwright got 8,498 popular votes while Cummings received 7,844 votes.
For state senator, voters in 20 Carbon precincts got to choose between Republican David Argall and Democrat Tim Seip, with their choice being Argall by a big margin, 6,940 votes (60.84 percent) to 4,457 votes (39.07 percent).
Dart said voting went smoothly in the county. She said no major problems were reported.
The first ballots arriving at the Election Bureau came about 40 minutes after the polls closed from the White Bear section of Summit Hill.
By 10:20, 50 of the 51 polling places had reported the results to the Election Bureau, with only a Penn Forest district delaying the final tabulations. That Penn Forest district didn't have results into the bureau until about 11 p.m.