Reax: Centre for Kane, 39th close, more on Rothfus

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Kathleen Kane -- the first Democrat and woman elected state attorney general -- was the biggest winner Tuesday, collecting more votes statewide than Barack Obama or Bob Casey. Laura Olson points to this interesting bit:

That resonance surrounding her Sandusky probe critique could be seen in Centre County's results in particular. In the Central Pennsylvania home of Penn State, the county's voters split evenly over the presidential race and broke for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey by a slim margin.

But in the attorney general's contest, voters in Centre County had an overwhelming preference: 56 percent for Ms. Kane to Republican David Freed's 40 percent.

In a state House race in Allegheny/Washington counties, the Republican incumbent Rick Saccone is up less than 40 votes over the seat's former officeholder Dave Levdansky. Paula Ward and Janice Crompton have all the scenarios (including how recanvassing could work).

Here's my story on how Western Pa congressional districts outside Pittsburgh -- reflected in Keith Rothfus' win -- could stay GOP for a long time, despite Democratic gains statewide. Below is Julia Rendelman's nice shot of Rothfus hugging his father, Earl.

Keith and Earl Rothfus

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