2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

Complete coverage of the 2012 election

No Election Day Surprises in Pa., NJ, Del.

Obama, Democrats win state-wide races while Republicans win hotly-contested Congressional races in Philly burbs

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012  |  Updated 6:45 AM EDT
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No big surprises. That's how to sum up the Election Day results throughout the Delaware Valley.

President Barack Obama rode a clean sweep of Delaware Valley states Tuesday to win re-election as the 44th President of the United States.

A little after 11 p.m., NBC News declared Obama the winner after projecting that Obama had taken Ohio’s  critical 18 electoral vote. Just before 1 a.m. GOP challenger Mitt Romney conceded the election.

Earlier in the night Obama was declared the winner in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. None of the local results were big surprises even though Romney made a late push for the Keystone State.

Incumbent Democrats won Senate races in each state as well as Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) all won their races fairly easily.

In the First State it was a clean sweep for Democrats as Gov. Jack Markell, Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn and Rep. John Carney all won re-election.

Over the Delaware-Memorial Bridge, voters in New Jersey not only re-elected Menendez but also passed a measure to borrow $750 million for college building projects.

In the most hotly contested local races for United States Congress, Republicans came out on top as incumbents held onto seats despite Democratic challenges. In N.J.’s 3rd Congressional District Rep. Jon Runyan, a former Eagles lineman, beat Shelley Adler; in Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa. 6th), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa. 7th) and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa. 8th) all won fairly easily despite strong challenges.

 

In the Keystone State, Democrats took control of state-wide offices as Kathleen Kane won Attorney General, Rob McCord maintained his spot as State Treasurer and Eugene DePasquale held off two challengers to win Auditor General.

Voting concerns during the day seemed to focus on Pennsylvania where some voting machines seemed to select the wrong candidate -- video of at least two incidents caught steam online -- and some Philly polling places needed more provisional ballots as confusion over voter registration and Voter ID enforcement left some wondering if their vote would count.

Nationally Republicans walked away from Election Day with control of the U.S. Congress while Democrats held the U.S. Senate.

The real question remains what you will remember most about Election Day. Share your thoughts below.

 


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