Warren County voters gave a clear mandate to Republicans Tuesday during the midterms.
County Republican Committee Chair David Bauer said he felt pleased by the results. Republicans got out to the polls, he noted, and Independents also gave support to the party.
County Democratic Committee Chair Randy Peterson said he's always disappointed when the party does not win in the county. However, he said party officials would try harder next time.
While turnout never seems to be as high during midterm elections as during presidential years, Bauer said a healthy number of voters did cast ballots. Those who did vote showed an eagerness to do so, he said.
"Just because a candidate has been elected doesn't mean we always stand and cheer," Bauer said. "We have to hold them accountable to do what they promised."
Somewhere around 40 percent of the county voters showed up, Peterson said. He said he would always like to see higher numbers but it seems the figure never reaches 100 percent.
Peterson noted four years ago the county voted for Democrat Ed Rendell for governor. This year, he said the results underwent a turnaround.
With local elections scheduled for next year, Bauer said the party has to field good, qualified candidates. He said this is how people get good government.
The Democratic Party also needs to recruit candidates to fill local positions, Peterson said. For those individuals, he said he wants to see a sense of independence.
"They should do what's best for the majority of the people," Peterson said. "That's the top quality I would want."
During election night, Bauer said he was tracking results reported from national media outlets. Warren County results led other counties, he said, in terms of reporting early.
According to Bauer, it was startling how much better the county's system is. A lot of credit goes to Director of Elections Lisa Zuck, he said, as well as County Technology Director Bill Gallahger.
"The level of expertise for such a small county is really tremendous," Bauer said. "We have bigger counties nearby like Erie and Crawford that take forever to report."
Unofficial voting results from the county included:
In the United States Senate, Pat Toomey received 7235 votes compared to 4307 for Joe Sestak.
The gubernatorial race saw Tom Corbett garner 7794 votes to 3821 for Dan Onorato.
Mike Kelly had 4585 votes for 3rd Congressional Representative compared to Kathy Dahlkemper's 2978.
The 5th Congressional Representative race saw Glenn Thompson receive 2660 votes while 1180 voters cast their ballots for Michael Pipe and 112 for Vernon Etzel.
Kathy Rapp is the apparent winner of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 65th District based on her vote count and the number of voters. The votes cast for Karen Davis, who launched a late write-in campaign, will not be known until Friday after the official count. However, based on the 9483 votes Rapp received, she is mathematically assured of re-election.
"I'm always humbled by the response of the people and their support for allowing me to serve," said Rapp. "It's going to be a real pleasure serving a Republican governor and having a Republican majority in the House."