By The Associated Press
9:29 PM EST, November 6, 2012
Pennsylvania has turned out to be safe for the Democrats after all. The state’s 20 electoral votes are going to President Obama.
Pennsylvania had been considered to be in Obama’s column for much of the campaign. But in recent days, as polls appeared to narrow, Mitt Romney’s campaign saw an opportunity. There was a late advertising blitz for Romney, and the candidate added visits to Pennsylvania Sunday and again on Election Day.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has won re-election to a second term.
Casey capitalized on high name recognition and strong Democratic voter turnout Tuesday to counter a huge spending advantage by Republican businessman Tom Smith, a tea party favorite.
Casey is a former state treasurer and auditor general, and son of the late former governor, Robert P. Casey.
He handily beat Republican Rick Santorum in 2006 for a second term.Casey was an early supporter of President Obama and voted for Obama’s signature policies, including his health care law and stimulus bill.
Smith had been heavily critical of those votes and had pledged to vote to repeal the health care law.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9, won re-election to his seat representing the Southcentral part of the state.