Marino nabs GOP nomination, Friedenberg pulls ahead for Democratic nod

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, middle, looks over election return results with Paul Nyman, of Loyalsock Township, left, and Joe Hamm, Lycoming County Republican Committee chairman, during election night at the Young Men’s Republican Club. MARK NANCE Sun-Gazette

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, held off a challenge by Doug McLinko to grab the Republican nomination for the 12th Congressional seat.

On the Democratic side, Marc Friedenberg appeared on his way to securing the nomination over Judy Herschel.

Unofficial primary election results late Tuesday night showed Marino grabbing 67 percent of the vote.

Vote totals were 35,326 for Marino and 16,965 for McLinko.

Marino received slightly more than 80 percent of the vote total in his home county of Lycoming.

He also grabbed nearly 80 percent of the vote in parts of the district such as Northumberland and Snyder counties.

Bradford County was the only one of 13 counties

comprising the district that McLinko managed to capture.

When reached Tuesday night, Marino said he took nothing for granted in his campaign and that he always anticipates a tough battle.

“We stuck to a high road campaign, and I ran on my record,” he said.

He felt his constituents backed him in his legislative efforts.

Beyond that, he said he found many voters are happy with the direction of the country.

“Everyone says they have more money in their pockets,” he said. “They feel more at ease. They have confidence in the economy and the president and me.”

Businesses seem to be doing better, he added.

Late Tuesday night, Friedenberg had grabbed 52 percent of the vote with more than 94 percent of the votes in.

Unofficial vote totals were 11,871 for Friedenberg and 10,797 for Herschel.

Friedenberg did particularly well in Centre County, where he resides, grabbing 83 percent of the vote there.

The 12th District was redrawn as part of the Congressional realignment process earlier this year.