Democratic Candidates Moving on to the November Ballot

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On Tuesday, May 15, about 19 percent of all registered voters in Clinton County turned out to cast ballots in the Primary Election (including roughly 21 percent of registered county Democrats). Those who voted ultimately determined which candidates for each of the major political parties would be moving on to the November 6 General Election.

Offices up for election this year in Pennsylvania include: governor, lieutenant governor, a U.S. Senate seat, all 18 U.S. House of Representative seats in the newly drawn congressional districts, 25 of 50 state Senate seats, and all 203 seats in the state House of Representatives. Clinton County voters were faced with choices in every race except the state Senate.

Uncontested Democratic candidates moving on to the November election include:

  • Tom Wolf, Governor;
  • Bob Casey, U.S. Senator;
  • Michael Hanna Jr., 76th PA House District

Two Democratic candidates vied for the party’s nomination for the new 12th Congressional District, which encompasses all or parts of 16 counties, including Clinton. Marc Friedenberg ultimately won the party’s nomination with 50.4 percent of the vote. The nomination was determined by a difference of only 223 votes. Sixty-six percent of Clinton County Democrats cast their votes for Friedenberg.

In a five-person contest for lieutenant governor, John Fetterman received the nod from the Democratic Party to move forward to the General Election with 37.5 percent of statewide votes. In Clinton County, Fetterman received 32 percent of the vote.

Democrats in Clinton County also were tasked with voting for individuals to represent them on the party’s state and local committees, including one Democratic State Committee member (countywide), as well as a Democratic Committee Man and a Democratic Committee Woman for the Clinton County Democratic Committee from each of the county’s 34 precincts. These individuals’ terms will begin following the Primary Election.

Daniel Reeder waged a write-in campaign for the state committee position and received votes from individuals across various precincts; ballots were also cast for an assortment of other individuals.

Lee Karchner, of the Mill Hall Precinct, was the only Democratic Committee Man to file a petition to officially be listed on the ballot. All precincts allowed voters the opportunity to write in candidates for one man and one woman to represent them on the Democratic Committee. Several Democrats actively sought write-in votes; however, there were not write-in votes cast for every precinct.


Check out the raw numbers for votes cast in Clinton County for each office up for election, by precinct, here.

To see a condensed list of only write-in results for the Democratic Committee Man and Woman representation from each precinct click here.

Learn more about the candidates who earned the Democratic Party’s nomination to be placed on the November 6 General Election ballot here.

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