Wolf elected governor, Republicans dominate votes

Clarion, Pa.- As the polls came to a close on Tuesday evening, many voters awaited alongside their computers, checking online tallies and news networks hourly, awaiting to hear Election Day results.

On Nov. 4, around 10 p.m., the votes were in: Democrat Tom Wolf had been elected governor of Pennsylvania beating Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, making him the first Pennsylvania governor to not win re-election since incumbents have been able to run for a second term.

According to results, Wolf won with about 55 percent of the vote, raking in nearly 1.9 million votes. Corbett meanwhile received about 45 percent of the vote, about 1.5 million votes.

Despite Democrats’ victory in the Keystone State, Republicans won big last night.

The GOP dominated the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Although some elections haven’t been determined yet, Republicans are projected to have at least 244 seats in the House, giving them the majority.

Along with that, Republicans have taken the majority in the Senate. The final Senate seat from Louisiana will be settled in a Dec. 6 runoff.

With this, Republicans have taken control of both houses in Congress for the first time under a Democratic president since the Clinton administration, and have the biggest majority since the Truman years.

In regard to the U.S. House of Representatives, Clarion County residents for 3rd Congressional District voted incumbent Republican Mike Kelly, who received 75 percent of the votes with a total count of 2,446. Opponent Democrat Dan LaVelle received 803 votes.

Residents in Clarion County’s 5th Congressional District  voted in favor of incumbent Republican Glenn Thompson, who received 67 percentof the votes with a total count of 4,708 votes. Opponent Kerith Strano Taylor received 33 percent of the votes with a total count of 2,279.

Despite the election of Tom Wolf as governor, Clarion County polls showed more of a favoritism to Corbett.

Only 4,176 votes, 40 percent, were cast for Wolf Monday night, whereas Corbett recieved up a total of 60 percent of the votes at 6,155.

Some key concepts that Wolf’s plans on fulfilling while in office include restoring Corbett’s $1 billion cuts to education, implementing a fair funding formula, and establishing reforms to help local school districts improve student performance.

Wolf also supports minimum wage increases and hopes to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation.

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