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Post-Election Morning Buzz

Happy post-election day, politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Tuesday brought a number of interesting results and a few surprises. Both parties scored wins and losses, and it’s difficult to read the tea leaves (no pun intended). Here’s a run down of yesterday’s results.

Dems Win MontcoMontgomery County entered a new era Tuesday as Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards overcame Republicans Jenny Brown and Bruce Castor to give Democrats their first-ever majority on the Board of Commissioners.

Wecht, Covey win: Democrat David Wecht and Republican Anne Covey have earned themselves spots on two of Pennsylvania’s statewide appellate courts.

Allegheny Exec: Democrat Rich Fitzgerald won a landslide victory in his campaign for County Executive on Tuesday, defeating Republican Raja 62 to 38 percent – a 24 point margin.

GOP Sweeps Westmoreland: On Tuesday GOP candidates won every county-wide office in the western PA county, and took the majority of the Board of Commissioners for the first time in 55 years.

Philadelphia: Nutter cruises with 75%; Schmidt beats Duda; O’Neill wins re-election; O’Brien gets in, Oh/Tautenberger likely to go to extra innings.

Republicans Hold Bucks: All three incumbents will keep their seats on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners: Charley Martin (R), Rob Loughery (R) and Diane Marseglia (D) will be in office for another four years. A top Democratic recruit against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick also suffered a big loss.

Luzerne County Council: The very first County Council in Luzerne County’s history will have a fairly bipartisan mix: Morelli (R), Urban (D), Bobeck (D), Urban (R), McGinley (D), Brominski (D), Haas (R), Williams (I), Curry (D), Houck (D), and Kelleher (R).

Reading Mayor: Dem Vaughn Spencer wins; Larry Medaglia keeps Register of Wills post.

Marcellus Bans: Proposed bans on Marcellus shale natural gas drilling failed in Peters Township and Warren, but passed in State College.

Beaver County: Amadio, Spanik and Nichols win county commissioner seats

Dauphin County: Haste (R), Pries (R) and Hartwick (D)

Harrisburg: Democratic Council Members cruise to re-elction

Cumberland County: Eichelberger (R), Cross (R) and Hertzler (D).

Lackawanna County: Dominating night for County Dems

Monroe County: Republicans Moyer, Garris win majority on Monroe County commissioners board

Allegheny Council: Futules (D) defeats challenger Dell ®

Pittsburgh library referendum: 70 percent of Steel City voters agreed to an extra tax to pay for libraries.

Pittsburgh City Council: Corey O’Connor wins dad’s former seat.

Luzerne DA Upset: Republican Stefanie Salavantis edged out incumbent District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll.

Lehigh Court of Common Pleas: Pa. Rep. Doug Reichley wins election to local judgeship.

Election Day – During the Day
Inquirer: Party faithful have their eyes on Montgomery County
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: County Executive Candidates make 11th hour pitches
Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch: Video: County Candidate Casts Vote in Whitemarsh
Abington Patch: Shapiro Votes in Abington
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch: Jenny Brown votes in Gladwyne
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch: Middling Turnouts on Election Tuesday
Reading Eagle: Federal, State, County GOP Make Case For Jim McHale
Reuters: Turnout is light in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Election Day: Polls see steady stream of voters- Ai
Tribune-Review: Peters’ gas-ban referendum draws out voters
Tribune-Review: One-third of voters expected at polls for today’s election
Early Returns: More turnout reports
Early Returns: Where the Votes Are
Early Returns: Shale on the ballot tonight
Early Returns: Fitz: Low TO at GOP districts
Early Returns: Toomey introduces jobs bill
Indiana Gazette: Election 2011: Candidates conclude campaigns
Altoona Mirror: Voter turnout may exceed expectations
WJACTV: 6News Election Coverage: Voters deciding local offices, judgeships
WJACTV: Voters head to polls in Clearfield County
WJACTV: Centre County Election Day focuses on commissioner race
Tribune-Democrat: Turnout mixed in random survey
Tribune-Democrat: Election notebook: Polling place loses power
wtae: Election Day: Pennsylvania Polls Close
wtae: What Election Day 2011 Could Tell Us About 2012

National
Roll Call: Lawmakers Struggling Through Pa. Redraw
Herald Mail: Rep. Shuster Could Lose Franklin County When Districts Are Redrawn
Citizens Voice: Suggestions For Legislative Redistricting
Times-Leader: Less Heat Aid Money Will Be Available In NEPA
Inquirer: America’s Cup Legislation Amended To Let Foreign Tankers Sail For Sunoco

Statewide
Essential Public Radio: Fight for Cell Phone Driving Ban Continues
Post-Gazette: Shale Bill Pleases Corbett

Philly
Philly.com: Nutter wins second term
Philly.com: O’Neil retains Northeast Philly Council Seat
Philly.com: Taliaferro’s comeback now includes political win
Philly Clout: Slow and Steady in Northeast
CBS Philly: Democrats wins squeaker in Montco Commissioners’ race
CBS Philly: Some City Council races wrap quickly; Not so, AT-Large GOP seat

Philly Burbs
Burlington County Times:Turnout light in most places at start of election day
phillyburbs:Dems say GOP mailer about outside contributions is racist
The Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners election: Democrats Shapiro and Richards make history, breaking 140 year GOP stronghold
The Mercury: Montgomery County election results: Behr wins
The Mercury: Pottstown election results: Democrat Kulp wins council seat
The Mercury: Lower Pottsgrove election results: Spadt, Foltz, Klotz win
Philly burbs: Bucks County votes to keep it’s commissioners
Daily Times: Butler concedes to Linder in Chester mayoral race
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Voters return Martin, Loughery and Marseglia to county commissioners’ office
Bucks Local News: A wild and crazy night in Newton-upper Makefield Northampton

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Ex-lawmaker convicted in corruption scandal
Tribune-Review: Scenic America to meet in Pittsburgh, honor former mayor
Tribune-Review: Highmark files plan with state to acquire West Penn Allegheny
Tribune-Review: Single-sex classes to be shelved
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh school board urged to OK $5.4 million bid for school
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh school education plan could eliminate 400 positions
Post-Gazette: City school board talks of cutting up to 300 teachers
Post-Gazette: Obama announces new Head Start rules in Eastern Pa.
Early Returns: Toomey Watch

NEPA
Times Tribune: Low voter turnout reported at polls
Times Tribune: Scranton rebids proposals for 2012 tax anticipation notes
The Times Leader: Who will govern to begin new era?
Citizen’s Voice: Light voter turnout reported in Luzerne county
Citizen’s Voice: Today’s elections to leave far-reaching impact
Citizen’s Voice: Ballot Q&A
Standard Speaker: Area faces historic election
The Daily Review: State, county, and local positions on today’s ballot

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: What Mont Alto students have to say about scandal
Patriot News: US keeps lid on growth of student visa program after Hershey debacle

North by Northwest
Courier Express: Township approves new hotel
Sun Gazette: Jersey shore schools may close

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Emmaus manager resigns
Express Times: Occupy Bethlehem makes way for holiday

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Center Township: Board reports preliminary budget
Indiana Gazette: Saltsburg: Tentative budget holds line on taxes
Daily American: Shade school appealing tax ruling
Daily American: Ursina considers winter maintenance options
Beaver County Times: Greene Twp. exploring Marcellus ordinance
Oberserver-Reporter: Lawmakers visit Charleroi plant

Opinion
York Daily Record: How could this happen at Penn State?
Bucks County Courier Times: More Meaningful Target
Tribune-Review: Tea party vs. the Occupiers
Tribune-Review: What government has done with your money
Tribune-Review: Capitalism: Canards & ignorance
The Times Leader: TL supports these candidates
Beaver County Times: Donations better than protests
Observer-Reporter: In case you forgot

Blogs
Above Average Jane: Popular blog searches today
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Atiyeh’s negative campaign backfires
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo voters express displeasure with county council
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Eckhart only surprise in Lehigh County
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dem sweep or rejection of Northampton County Council
Commonwealth Foundation: Chart of the day: Pennsylvania spending and performance

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