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Republican Success Under the Radar

I’ve never really paid too much attention to County Commissioner races.

Apparently I should start. (h/t GrassrootsPA)

Here’s what the now-ubiquitous red/blue map looked like at 7:00 am on November 8.

Aaaaaand here’s what it looked like 13 hours later.

So a few things jump out at me.
1. Yeah, I know we lost Montco, and that sucks, but a thoroughly dysfunctional county committee will do that to you. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.
2. We’ve FINALLY cracked the nut out west. Lawrence, Mercer, Westmoreland, and Murtha Cambria Counties are in Republican hands for the first time in ages, and it’s due to painstaking work by the grassroots. It can be done.
3. What the hell is going on in Cameron County? Knock it off.
4. A tie? Really? Only in Pennsylvania.

So it might not have been the best night, but it was still pretty damn good.
Clouds, silver linings, and all that.

November 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm
7 comments »
  • November 17, 2011 at 11:14 pmMercer County Resident

    Mercer County would have went easily blue if it wasnt for a write in campaign by one of the current democratic commisonioner.

  • November 17, 2011 at 11:26 pmRyan_in_SEPA

    Well we really do control Lehigh and Northampton as both have Republican controlled councils.

    • November 19, 2011 at 1:34 pmScott

      IMHO, I don’t understand why Lehigh and Northampton are not marked as tied or split, since both parties have control. In both cases the Democrats have the County Executive post with the GOP having control of the legislative body (come January, in Lehigh it will be 7-2, in Northampton it will be 5-4).

  • November 18, 2011 at 6:51 amKen

    Many would argue that the 2007 map should have had Montco as blue because of the traitorous conduct of one of the commissioners there who took GOP help and support, barely won the election, and then flipped to the Ds a month later before swearing in. It tears the heart out of an organization to pull out all the stops to get your guy across the line and have him turn on you. Not to mention no power for four years and thus no fundraising ability. Yeah, the organization is totally dysfunctional, but it is not all their fault. As sad chapter in a raging civil war that has gone on for decades there.

  • November 18, 2011 at 6:20 pmdan

    Montco is a democratic county, you guys should give up the dream. I do not see this county going republican in the future, each year more and more municipalities will go democrat. Check out the the registration numbers, Democratic gains every year. Forget Castor,Matthews, it doesn’t matter, Democrats will win from now on, get used to it.

  • November 19, 2011 at 8:04 amLisa

    Dems won only 15 of 63 municipalities in Montco. Of course, they won those districts huge, but that was in part due to a massive get out the vote effort focused on the districts where Democrats had a registration advantage, a strategy the Montco Dems seem to be playing down in favor of crowing about Montco’s alleged “bellweather” status for 2012. If is far from a forgone conclusion that Montco is forever blue. In fact, these results tell me that the Montco Courthouse, sadly, was eminently winnable with the proper strategy and funding.


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