Month: April 2012

Best and Worst Ads of the 2012 Primary?

What were the TV ads that made the difference? Which ones fell flat? How about mailers, radio spots, and other campaign tools? Now that the primary is over, PoliticsPA wants to know: which campaigns stood out?

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Morning Buzz: Primary Results

Good morning politicos. After a heck of a night, 2 incumbent congressmen and 5 incumbent state lawmakers lost their primaries. Read about all the action and learn the score in today’s Buzz.

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Smith Wins Senate Race in a Rout

Tom Smith scored a relatively easy win Tuesday, with Sam Rohrer in a distant second and Steve Welch in third. His victory embarrasses the PAGOP – and Gov. Tom Corbett – who backed Welch. Smith vastly outspent his opponents, almost 3 times all of them combined.

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Dems Net 1 Seat in House Specials

Democrats added net one to their caucus on Tuesday. Well, maybe net 1/2. Democrat Ed Neilson captured the seat of former Rep., now Philly Councilman, Denny O’Brien (R-169). He defeated long time O’Brien aide, Republican Dave Kralle. While in Harrisburg, O’Brien voted with Democrats often.

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Daughtery, Stilp Win Congressional Primaries

Democrat Gene Stilp overcame Wilkes-Barre attorney, Bill Vinsko, in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District’s Democratic Primary today. In addition, Democrat Rick Daugherty was also victorious over opponent Jackson Eaton in the primary for the 15th Congressional District.

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5 Incumbents Lose: State House & Senate Primary Recap

The biggest headline of the night was the almost unseating of Speaker of the House Sam Smith in his Punxsutawney based legislative district. He was running against Chris Dush, completely unknown to the Pa. establishment until this evening. In the end, Speaker Smith won by 458 votes out of the 6,381 votes cast in the race.

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Tim Murphy Fends Off Tea Party Challenger

Rep. Tim Murphy has won his primary against challenger, Evan Feinberg. With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Feinberg trailed Murphy by 26 percent. Murphy held his own at 63.2 percent of the vote, while Feinberg won only 36.8 percent.

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  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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