President Barack Obama has won in Pennsylvania, gaining the state's 20
electoral votes, according to CBS, NBC and ABC.
Also Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Scranton, has won in Pennsylvania, according to multiple sources. His opponent, Republican coal executive and Tea Party founder Tom Smith of Armstrong County, conceded to Casey at 10:30 p.m.
In other statewide races, Democrat Kathleen Kane became the state's first female attorney general by defeating David Freed.
Democrat Eugene DePasquale beat Upper St. Clair native John Maher for auditor general.
UNOFFICIAL 2012 ELECTION RESULTS% reporting Race Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results
U.S. President Obama-Biden 52%
U.S. Senate Bob Casey Jr. 54%
Tom Smith 54%
PA Treasurer Robert M. McCord 53%
Diana Irey Vaughan 43%
PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane 56%
David J. Freed 41%
PA Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale 50% John Maher 46%
Congress District 18 Larry Maggi
Tim Murphy 63%
Prior to Tuesday's vote, influential Pennsylvania political insiders differed on the key to winning the Keystone State for Obama or Mitt Romney.
Republicans say the role of undecided and independent voters will be key to a Romney win, while Democrats say turning out their base is the top priority for Obama, according to Red Keystone/Blue Keystone surveys by Patch.
Here's how the replies from survey respondents broke down:
Republicans on what's more important
- 13 — Get out the base
- 35 — Convince undecided/independent voters
Democrats on what's more important
- 21 — Get out the base
- 6 — Convince undecided/independent voters
Who will win Pennsylvania?
Democrats were far more unified than Republicans in their opinion of who will win Pennsylvania. Twenty-seven said Obama, while just two said Romney. Eighteen Republicans said Obama and 32 said Romney.
Who had the best ground game and ad campaign?
Democrats and Republicans both largely supported their party candidate on the question of who ran the best campaign. Patch asked survey takers to assess the campaigns, regardless of the respondent's partisan preference.
How did Pa. vote in 2008 presidential race?
In 2008, Pennsylvania voted Democratic, with nearly 3.3 million voters, or 55 percent, casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin earned nearly 2.7 million votes. According to statistics collected by the Pennsylvania Department of State office, voter turnout tallied about 68.4 percent in 2008.
2010 was a much better election year, however, for Republican candidates in Pennsylvania.
Former state Attorney General Tom Corbett, a Republican, defeated then-Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, a Democrat, in the race for governor. Republicans also picked up a seat in the state Senate, gained five seats in the House of Representatives and took control of both chambers of the Legislature.
Here's a sampling of comments from the Patch surveys:
- I think the results will be extremely close and will be based on turnout, yet at the same time, I believe the local elections down the ballot will be affected in results by the amount of times a person is willing to switch parties. They will for president, but the questions remains, when will they change back to their party.
- if Pennsylvania goes to Romney, it's going to be an early election night. Looks like team R and R may have caught the President flat-footed.
- Republicans will increase house margin from 12-7 to 13-5
- Record voter turnout in GOP areas, average turnout in Dem areas.
- I think voters are disappointed with how things have gone the past four years and will make that frustration heard at the polls on Tuesday.
- The presidential campaign has been lackluster in Pennsylvania. Obama felt that this was his state from the beginning, and Romney has not been highly involved until recently.
- While I believe the enthusiasm for President Obama has diminished a bit since the 2008 election, I'm not seeing much enthusiasm at all for Gov. Romney.
- I think Casey, Kane, and McCord will win. Auditor General will be a nail biter and unfortunately I believe Mark Critz is going to lose. I think the Democrats will pick up a total of 4-6 seats in the state House and 1 in the state Senate.
- Pennsylvania must institute an early voting program—similar to 37 other states.
- I am distressed and, quite frankly, disgusted with the influence of the Super PACs on this election. Money should not buy a candidate an office and these Super PACs exist only to use their dollars to buy the office for the candidate of their choice. Their ads are, in many cases, misleading and misinformed. If those individuals have so much money, why don't they use it to help people rather than work to tear our country apart with their rhetoric?
Also on the presidential ballot is Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
In Pennsylvania's race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Bob Casey Jr. (D-Scranton) is challenged byTom Smith (R-Shelocta).
Voters also will select candidates to fill three state offices:
Robert M. McCord (D-Incumbent)
Diana Irey Vaughan (R)
Patricia M. Fryman (Libertarian)
Kathleen G. Kane (D)
David J. Freed (R)
Marakay J. Rogers (Libertarian)
Eugene A. DePasquale (D)
John Maher (R)
Betsy Elizabeth Summers (Libertarian)
Voters in Bridgeville, Collier, Heidelberg, Scott and South Fayette will also choose a member of Congress to represent the newly redesigned 18th District. Incumbent Tim Murphy faces off against Larry Maggi.
Stay with Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 8 p.m.