Corbett was choice of Armstrong County voters |

Corbett was choice of Armstrong County voters

Democrat Tom Wolf may have ousted incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday, but the majority of Armstrong County voters supported the GOP candidate.

Corbett took Armstrong County after receiving 11,287 votes — 61 percent of the ballots cast. Steve Haasch, vice chairman of the Armstrong County Republican Committee, said he was disappointed Wolf ousted Corbett but wasn’t surprised by county voters’ majority choice.

“There’s always a sense of disappointment when your guy loses,” Haasch said. “We did reasonably well in the county, but Armstrong isn’t strong enough to influence voters in other counties and Pittsburgh.”

Lou Vergari, chairman of the Armstrong County Democratic Committee, did not return calls Tuesday night.

The Republicans claimed the 3rd Congressional District with incumbent Rep. Mike Kelly, getting about 60 percent of votes, defeating Dan Lavallee, D-Cranberry.

Kelly, a Butler auto dealer, received nearly 72 percent of the Armstrong vote.

Haasch said the most impressive part of this election was the turnout in the county.

Last week, county Elections Director Wendy Buzard gave an “optimistic estimate” that 20 to 25 percent of 44,100 registered voters would cast ballots. Her estimate was blown away, as about 18,650 voters — about 45 percent — cast ballots Tuesday.

Ford Cliff poll worker Dan Lynch said he suspects aggressive advertising from the gubernatorial candidates brought out voters.

“I just think people have seen more ads and a lot more people telling them to get out and vote, and they’re listening,” Lynch said. “I think the candidates on both sides realized they’re going to need to get lots of people out for this election since it is supposed to be such a tight race.”

In North Buffalo’s western voting district, poll workers dealt with a steady stream of voters coming into the township’s conference room. This election marked the first time voting was held at the township building, though it caused little confusion among voters, Clerk Verda Hetrick said.

The precinct had 432 — about 48 percent — of its 894 registered voters come to the polls.

“A couple times, it felt like someone drove a bus full of voters up here,” Hetrick said. “We definitely weren’t expecting the turnout, but we had a good amount of people come in to vote today.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].

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