Republicans Sweep Westmoreland County

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

By Tuesday afternoon, Democratic staffers were downplaying their odds in historically blue Westmoreland County. Perhaps the capital of so-called Reagan Democrats in Pennsylvania, the County has trended more and more red over the past few years.

On election day, GOP candidates won every county-wide office and took the majority of the Board of Commissioners for the first time in 55 years.

After a heated campaign in October, Republicans Chuck Anderson and Tyler Courtney outperformed Democrats Ted Kopas (3rd) and Gerald Lucia (4th).

The GOP overcame longstanding Democratic control of county row offices including Controlled, Treasurer, Sheriff, Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills.

All of the races were within 10 points, several of them closer. Three of the races were within 1,000 votes of about 62,000 cast.

Democrats sought to minimize the swing, saying, accurately, that demographic trends were working against them and that the switch was a long time coming.

Nonetheless, it’s a big win for a county whose GOP organization is on the rise – and a good counter-weight to the rise of Democrats in Montgomery County.

2 Responses

  1. I live in Westmoreland County and it seems as if there was no organization to get out the vote for Democratic candidates in light of the tremendous number of republican mailers that were going out during the last weeks of the campaign. I received numerous e-mails from the Pennsylvania Democrats regarding volunteer activities to get out the vote in Allegheny County but I was unable to find a volunteer opportunity in Westmoreland County. The Westmoreland Democrats seemingly were asleep at the switch and just assumed that their regular county worker and union coalitions were enough to stem the tide from the republican onslaught.

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