LYCOMING, TIOGA voting NUMBERS
By SAMANTHA WALLACE
Lycoming County voter turnout was low in Tuesday’s primary election, featuring several federal and state races, but typical of primary elections in an off-election year.
By 10:30 p.m., 100 percent of the 86 precincts in Lycoming County had reported, with the first precinct, Williamsport Precinct 4, reporting at 8:29 p.m. and the last precinct, Pine Township, at 10:10 p.m.
Unofficial results indicated that of the 22,637 Democrat and 34,340 Republican registered voters in the county, 11,403 cast ballots, or 20.37 percent.
Of those, 2,837 were cast for Tom Wolf, who ultimately won the Democratic nomination to face incumbent governor Tom Corbett in November’s general election. Mike Stack, who won the Democratic lieutenant governor nomination, garnered 1,207 votes.
Wolf won the nomination from among three other candidates: state Treasurer Rob McCord, 850 votes; former Secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection Katie McGinty, 503; and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Philadelphia, 379 votes.
Voter turnout in Tioga County was low as well, as anticipated by Director of Elections George Coxe; about 15 percent of the 14,819 registered Republicans and 7,251 registered Democrats cast ballots Tuesday.
The first precinct to report in Tioga was Wellsboro’s 1st Ward at 8:30 p.m., Coxe said, with tallying of the unofficial results wrapped up by 9:45 p.m.
The 5th Congressional District, which includes Tioga, saw Kerith Strano-Taylor receive 25 votes in the county, according to unofficial results, enough to secure the Democratic nomination over Thomas Tarantella.
Though Tarantella received the most votes in Tioga County with 63 percent, Strano-Taylor won the nomination throughout the rest of the district. She will face Republican Glenn “GT” Thompson, incumbent, in November.
The 10th Congressional District saw Scott Brion secure the Democratic nomination with 3,843 votes. He will face Republican Tom Marino, incumbent, who received 6,240 votes, in November.
Also in Tioga County, Jonathan Ruth won the Democratic nomination for the 68th Legislative District with 915 votes. He will face Republican Matt Baker, incumbent, who pulled in 2,130 votes, in the fall.
In Clinton County, the 76th Legislative District saw Democrat Michael Hanna Sr., incumbent, garner 2,064 votes. There was no Republican challenger.
The 83rd Legislative District saw Democrat Rick Mirabito, incumbent, receive 2,270 votes. He will face Republican Jeff Wheeland, who received 2,554 votes, in November. In the 84th Legislative District, Democrat Kristen Marie Hayes pulled in 1,861 votes and will face Republican Garth Everett, with 3,275 votes, in the fall.
Bradford County Commissioner Mark W. Smith, running for lieutenant governor, received 1,943 votes.
Sun-Gazette reporter Cheryl R. Clarke contributed to this report.