Maps: How Casey, DePasquale & McCord Compared to Obama

Three Democrats, three men whose names are in the conversation for Pa. Governor. Here’s how they compared to the so-called top of the ticket on election day.

In case you missed ‘em, here is PoliticsPA’s map on how Obama 2012 stacked up against Obama 2008, as well as John Kerry 2004. And here’s our map of the romp by Attorney General candidate Kathleen Kane.

U.S. Senate: Bob Casey

Despite being outspent, Casey outperformed Barack Obama significantly – and not just in western Pa. where the President is weak. Obama cleared Mitt Romney by 5.2 percent statewide; Casey beat Tom Smith by 9.1 points.

Auditor General: Eugene DePasquale

With little money spent, the York Co. state Rep. rode the President’s coattails to a win on Tuesday over GOP colleague John Maher from Allegheny County. He won by a relatively tight 3.2 percent margin.

Pa. Treasurer: Rob McCord

It’s tough to say exactly what contributed the most to McCord’s win. He’s an incumbent, and he spent hundreds of thousands on a steady TV presence. Those factors made a difference in the Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Scranton markets. Statewide, he won by 8.6 percent. He even outperformed the President in his opponent Diana Irey Vaughan’s home County of Washington.

7 Responses

  1. Please select Casey so we can purge him from the Senate. Casey makes Corbett look like a MENSA member who won Mr. Congeniality. People in PA do not want a union puppet as governor.

  2. We do NOT want the party powerful to anoint our next Governor, especially if it is Bob Casey. He got a pass when he threatened not to run for the Senate unless they cleared the field for him-so no primary-He lost to Ed Rendell in 2002 with a contested primary. The Democratic activists will not work for an anti-choice, anti-gun control, anti-stem cell research Democrat, so let this be a warning to the Party Powerful to stay out of the Primary and let the best candidate win.

  3. I am in Philly and Casey is known and has relationships in the city & its surrounding counties, obviously in the Johnstown area of the state and elsewhere. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is a virtual unknown here and McCord’s also not widely known except for the political crew.
    Obama’s 2008 campaign manager recently said that you need a good candidate that people believe in and want to work with along with a good campaign to win. You also need the desire to attain the position and ability to get more votes than the incumbent.

  4. Bottom line is Kathleen Kane turned out democrats to vote. This is a carry through from the primary.

    Obama and Casey can attribute their wins to a) Kathleen Kane and b) Corbett being made an issue.

    The handwriting was on the wall.

  5. “Casey is political royalty in PA”- agreed

    “If Obama were white, this election would have been an even bigger blowout.” Agreed. Obama would not have gotten more than 45% of the vote.

  6. Hard to make these sort of comparisons relevant.

    Casey is political royalty in PA. He appeals to the pro-lifers. And he’s white.

    If Obama were white, this election would have been an even bigger blowout. Just imagine if Hillary had been running against Romney.

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