HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The orange candidate turned Pennsylvania red.
Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton got Barack Obama-like numbers in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, a Donald Trump tide swept over the rest of the state.
“Reagan Democrats had to be, I think, the real swing vote that made the difference,” said Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling & Research.
The Donald was The Man in all but one county west of the Susquehanna River and in northeastern Pennsylvania.
“Which has to be a huge rebuke of the Clinton legacy up there,” Lee said.
The Trump train delivered wider margins for the GOP in the state Legislature. House Republicans picked up three net seats and lead Democrats, 122-81.
It’s even more dramatic in the Senate. Republicans grabbed three seats and now have a veto-proof majority of 34-16.
“Yesterday was a good day, but we worked hard and we worked smart,” said Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), who chaired the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and helped finance those GOP winners. But he says earning a huge majority is only half the battle. They now have to deliver on the promises made to voters.
“I think House and Senate members have gotten the message loud and clear: Pennsylvanians want us to do something. Again, we have this massive pension crisis. We have to do something about it,” Wagner said.
The governor’s spokesman, Jeff Sheridan, was nonplussed by the greater Republican majorities in the legislature. In a statement, he said that’s business as usual for Tom Wolf.
“In just under two years, it is clear that Governor Wolf has worked across the aisle to secure significant victories and is moving Pennsylvania forward,” Sheridan said in the statement.
Pennsylvania voters were able to find Democrats on the ballot.
Joe Torsella was elected treasurer
Josh Shapiro won in the attorney general’s race.
York’s Eugene DePasquale was re-elected auditor general. He’s proud that he won by five points when the top of the ticket Democrats lost by two.
“Sometimes, there’s truly a wave where one party gets truly shellacked and the other one wins everything, but it was pretty clear that voters, at least in several of the counties, were voting for the candidate they supported the most,” DePasquale said.
It’s also clear DePasquale didn’t support the guy at the top of the ticket Tuesday. But says he does now.
“At the end of the day, he won the election. He’s the President-elect of the United States and we all should be wishing him well,” he said. “When we agree with him, work with him, and when we don’t, appropriately disagree.”