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November 7, 2012

Romney carried Lawrence County despite disadvantage

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County voters cast ballots counter to the state as a whole in key races Tuesday.

Although President Barack Obama captured the commonwealth and its 20 electoral votes, Lawrence County voters gave challenger Mitt Romney the edge.

Despite the fact Democrats enjoy a registration edge of about 10,000 in the county, the Republican Romney recorded 20,915 votes to Democrat Obama’s 17,427.

Meanwhile, in the race for U.S. Senate, county voters gave a narrower nod to Republican challenger Tom Smith. But incumbent Democrat Bob Casey won at the state level. The difference in the county was 19,260 votes for Smith to 18,550 votes for Casey.

In fact, the only Democrats running statewide who won in Lawrence County were Kathleen Kane, who was also elected as state attorney general, and Robert McCord, who was re-elected state treasurer.

Kane beat Republican David Freed 19,717 to 17,350 in the county. McCord’s vote total in the county was 18,334, compared to Republican Diana Irey Vaughan’s 17,820.

For state auditor general, Republican John Maher received more votes than Democrat Eugene Depasquale in the county, 18,753 to 17,346. But statewide, Depasquale was elected.

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