Bucks Commissioners Open Thread
Check all day for updates on the Bucks County Commissioners race, and maybe some relevant info about the Commonwealth Court race as well. We’ll touching base with those campaigns all day and bring you results after the polls close.
Republican Commissioners Charley Martin and Rob Loughery are trying to hold off a strong Democratic challenge by Commissioner Diane Marseglia and Doylestown Borough Council President Det Ansinn.
10:27: Politic’s PA Reporter Brittany Foster is on site at Buck’s County Republicans’ victory party.
BUCKS COUNTY — PoliticsPA is calling the Bucks County Commissioner race in favor of all three incumbents, Charles Martin (R), Robert Loughery (R) and Diane Marseglia (D). With half of the districts reporting, Democratic candidate Det Ansinn is down by about four percent, but with his Doylestown base already returning their results, he’s too far back to see a victory.
Rob Loughery spoke on behalf of the campaign saying that they are “feeling wonderful. We, Charlie [Martin] and I, ran a strong campaign with our whole team from our volunteers to our workers. Voters responded to our message, our team and our record.”
The crowd at the Bucks GOP Headquarters is upbeat, lamenting the loss of a few smaller township supervisors races, but overall happy with their school board and their commissioner results. However, they did have one very big victory on the supervisor front: the win of Republicans Shawn Touhill and Ryan Manion, who beat out Doylestown Township supervisor Cynthia Philo, the top recruit to face Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in next year’s congressional election.
On the whole, voter turnout was very low — but high enough on the Republican side to carry both of their incumbent commissioners and perhaps put a dent in Democratic hopes for the 8th district.
10:00: PoliticsPA calls the race for Martin, Loughery and Marseglia.
8:27pm: Bucks County GOP Coordinator Skip Goodnoe.
At the county Republican headquarters, Goodnoe say they’ve seen Democratic polls with about even turnout from both parties but their polls are showing that Republicans are were way ahead in turnout.
Goodnoe feels good about the day and says candidates should be back to the headquarters soon.
6:30pm: Bucks Dems CM Eric Nagy.
“Their candidate’s [Rob Loughery’s] precinct was under 20% and both of ours are well into the 30%s. We are far exceeding our own turnout models in certain bellwether precincts.”
4:22pm: Bucks GOP Coordinator Skip Goodnoe.
“Our turnout is ahead of the D’s throughout most of the county. Turnout is still fairly light overall, but our percentage is holding up”
4:14pm: Bucks Dems CM Eric Nagy said the campaign planned on hitting 10,000 targeted voters today.
“The home bases of our candidates are turning out strong right now.”
“Our hundreds of volunteers are hard at work, and we are getting positive feedback from those monitoring the turnout in key locations,” said Com Director Amy Fetherolf.
12:30pm: Bucks GOP Coordinator Skip Goodnoe:
“We feel confident today, our voters have responded well to our candidates and we believe our message of proven fiscal responsibility will ring true. Although turnout is generally light so far, our dedicated voters will get to the polls and that bodes well for us.”
“Our turnout is ahead of the D’s throughout most of the county.”
10:30am, Amy Fetherolf, Bucks Victory (Dems):
“We have hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors already throughout the county, and we’re feeling confident that we will be able to get our voters out to the polls.”
6:00am: Intelligencer: Dems accuse GOP of sending racially-charged mail piece.
The Republicans took “non-Anglo-Saxon” names out of the order they appear in the campaign finance reports to “create a list of donors that (they) apparently assume will benefit their campaign,” Cordisco said in a press release. “Not only does their campaign have a consistent problem with the truth, but they have chosen to take the lowest road possible by using xenophobic attacks against Jewish people and against those with names of Middle Eastern or Asian origins.”