In November, it'll be Smith vs. Casey

Patrick Murphy, the Demo­crat can­did­ate for the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al, greets sup­port­ers on elec­tion day, Tues­day, April 24, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)


The gen­er­al elec­tion match­ups are set fol­low­ing last week’s primary.

In the Re­pub­lic­an primary for U.S. Sen­ate, voters over­whelm­ingly re­jec­ted party-backed Steve Welch.

Tom Smith, a former coal com­pany own­er from Arm­strong County, eas­ily won the primary, thanks in large part to count­less tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials.

Smith won close to 40 per­cent. Former state Rep. Sam Rohr­er was a dis­tant second with 22 per­cent, fol­lowed closely by Welch, who was hand-picked by Gov. Tom Corbett. Dav­id Chris­ti­an was fourth, fol­lowed by Marc Scaringi.

In the gen­er­al elec­tion, Smith will face Demo­crat­ic Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr., who topped Joseph Vod­varka with 81 per­cent of the vote.

In an­oth­er hot statewide primary, former Lack­awanna County As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kath­leen Kane de­feated former con­gress­man Patrick Murphy with 52.8 per­cent of the vote.

Murphy, who grew up in Park­wood and now lives in Bucks County, piled up a mar­gin of more than 67,000 in Phil­adelphia, Bucks, Mont­gomery, Delaware, Chester and Le­high counties.

However, Kane, who had the en­dorse­ment of former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton, won all oth­er 61 counties and pre­vailed over­all by about 40,000 votes.

In the fall, Kane will face Re­pub­lic­an Dav­id Freed, the dis­trict at­tor­ney in Cum­ber­land County.

There were four names on the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial bal­lot. Former Mas­sachu­setts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, who is headed to the nom­in­a­tion, won 58 per­cent of the vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick San­tor­um, who dropped out of the race two weeks be­fore the primary to avoid a likely loss in his home state, took 18 per­cent, fol­lowed by Ron Paul and Newt Gin­grich.

Pres­id­ent Barack Obama was un­op­posed on the Demo­crat­ic tick­et.

In the race for aud­it­or gen­er­al, John Ma­h­er took 66 per­cent of the vote to beat Frank Pinto for the Re­pub­lic­an nod. He’ll face Demo­crat Eu­gene De­Pasquale. Ma­h­er and De­Pasquale are both sim­ul­tan­eously run­ning un­op­posed for re-elec­tion to the Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

Vet­er­an state Reps. Mark Co­hen and Dwight Evans faced Demo­crat­ic primary chal­lenges.

Co­hen took 63 per­cent of the vote against Numa St. Louis in the 202nd dis­trict. St. Louis won the one di­vi­sion in Ol­ney in the 42nd Ward, but lost over­all by al­most 1,500 votes.

Evans won 82 per­cent against La­mont W. Thomas in the 203rd dis­trict.

No Re­pub­lic­ans filed in either dis­trict, so Co­hen and Evans are guar­an­teed two-year terms.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz was nom­in­ated for an­oth­er two-year term in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. Nath­an Klein­man, of the Oc­cupy move­ment, tried to mount a write-in bid, but it ap­peared to have little im­pact. There were just 26 write-in votes on the Demo­crat­ic side in Phil­adelphia, and it is not clear yet how many of them were for Klein­man. Mont­gomery County elec­tion of­fi­cials have not fin­ished count­ing write-in votes.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Joe Rooney, an air­line pi­lot. ••


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