By JENNIFER FITCH
8:02 PM EST, November 7, 2012
The political landscape in Franklin County, Pa., will remain virtually unchanged after Tuesday’s election.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, state Reps. Rob Kauffman and Todd Rock, and state Sen. Richard Alloway all won re-election.
About 72 percent of Franklin County’s 87,400 registered voters went to the polls. Of them, about 24,000 voted “straight party” for Republican candidates and 8,500 for Democratic candidates.
Shuster, a Republican, won 62 percent of the vote in the race for the Ninth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press.
“Our country needs to keep moving forward towards a stronger economy, and I will work for the hardworking people of Pennsylvania to make sure they get it. I will keep fighting to put Americans back to work, stop the EPA’s job-killing war on coal, and continue to work to repeal Obamacare,” Shuster said in an emailed statement.
The Ninth Congressional District is made of all or part of 15 counties in southcentral Pennsylvania, including all of Franklin and Fulton.
Mercersburg, Pa., resident Karen Ramsburg, who changed her party affiliation from independent to Democrat after the primary election, ran against Shuster in his attempts to win re-election to a seventh term in the House.
In a statement, Ramsburg congratulated Shuster and said he “ran a gracious and honest campaign.”
Shuster easily defeated Ramsburg in Franklin County, 25,893 votes to 11,751. In Fulton County, Shuster received 4,369 votes to 1,684 for Ramsburg, according to complete, but unofficial results.
Kauffman, a Republican, had a Democratic challenger as he sought re-election to the 89th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Susan Spicka of Shippensburg, Pa., is a Democrat who co-founded Education Matters.
“It was probably one of the most negative and divisive campaigns run by my opponent,” Kauffman said. “I’m just extremely grateful for the confidence the people in my district have put into me. I couldn’t be more honored to serve as their representative in the House.”
In addition to the 2013-14 budget, the legislature will need to focus on tackling problems with the public pension system, Kauffman said.
Kauffman received 18,156 votes in Franklin and Cumberland counties, compared to 11,806 votes for Spicka, according to complete but unofficial election returns.
In the 33rd District race for the Pennsylvania Senate, Alloway, a Republican, received about 71 percent of the vote — the same percentage as four years ago. He faced a re-election challenge from Adams County, Pa., Democrat Bruce Neylon.
The 33rd District includes Franklin and Adams counties and part of York County. More than 114,000 votes were cast in the race.
“I thank everyone who supported me and voted for me. Now, it’s time to get to work, and we need to put policies in place to help businesses grow and create more job opportunities,” Alloway said.
Rock, R-Franklin, was unopposed for re-election and received 25,902 votes.
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