Voter Turnout Light For May Primary Election
Slightly less than one-quarter of Fulton County’s registered Republicans and Democrats turned out at the polls on Tuesday to cast their nominating votes in a variety of big races including that of United States senator.
Democratic incumbent Arlen Specter conceded within three hours of the polls closing on May 18 to U.S. Senate contender Joe Sestak of Delaware County. Sestak’s support from voters across the commonwealth was mirrored here in Fulton County with Sestak taking 481 votes. Specter finished out the election locally with 242 votes.
As a result of cinching the Democratic party nomination, Sestak will now square off in November against former Congressman Pat Toomey (R). Toomey crushed Peg Luksik of Cambria County here with 1,015 votes in comparison to her 213 votes. Statewide, results were similar with Toomey reported as having at least 80 percent of the votes cast.
In the gubernatorial race of 2010, early election predictions again rang true with Dan Onorato from Allegheny County taking the Democratic party’s nomination for governor from fellow candidates Jack Wagner, Anthony Hardy Williams and Joseph M. Hoeffel.
Here in Fulton County, however, registered Democrats gave the majority of their votes to Wagner, who finished with 372 votes. Onorato was the next highest vote recipient with 170, and Williams and Hoeffel rounded out the day with 63 and 54 votes respectively.
Onorato will now turn his sights to this fall when he will compete for a seat in the governor’s office against the undisputed winner of the Republican party nomination- Tom Corbett. Corbett, currently serving in the capacity of state attorney general, secured 986 votes here in comparison to competitor Samuel E. Rohrer with 288.
Democrat Scott Conklin of Centre County took top honors in Fulton County with 531 votes for the position of state lieutenant governor. Conklin was followed by Doris A. Smith-Ribner (105 votes) and Jonathan A. Saidel (46).
On the Republican ticket, nine individuals were vying for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor. Chet Beiler beat out state committee endorsed candidate Jim Cawley locally 373 votes to 216 votes. Daryl Metcalfe grabbed 192 votes, and John Kennedy hailing from Cumberland County took 161 votes. Steve Johnson followed with 118, Jean Craig Pepper 42, Russ Diamond 33, Billy McCue 30 and Stephen Urban 17 votes.
Incumbent Bill Shuster was unopposed for the Republican nomination for representative in the 9th Congressional District. Shuster secured 1,111 votes here, while Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. (R) was also unopposed on the ticket. Eichelberger closed out the polls locally with 1,170 votes. An uncontested Rep. Dick L. Hess took 1,218 Republican votes here.
Stanley J. Kerlin grabbed 1,143 votes as a candidate for Republican state committee person, while David E. Gourley secured 529 votes for Democratic state committee. Meanwhile, county Democratic party chair Rheon Gelvin finished out the election with 564 votes.
Individuals securing votes for Democratic committee person in their respective municipalities included:
• Ayr Township - Kathleen Hendricks 73; Jack Hendricks 76; Joy Dasher 84
• Belfast Township - Pauline Lynch 62
• Brush Creek Township - William E. Whiteside 40; Myra E. Hendershot 39
• Licking Creek Township Robert Ray Messick 44; Brandon L. Fletcher 72
• McConnellsburg Borough - Wilda Charlene Gordon 51; Wilfred K. Ford 39
• Thompson Township - Mike Kligerman 47
• Todd Township - Verna J. Petty-John 52; Betty Shelley 72; James R. Butts 71.