Marino tops McLinko

More than two hours after the polls closed, Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District was still too close to call.

Wyoming County suffered a power outage due to heavy thunderstorms minutes before the polls closed. It was restored at 9 p.m., and as of press time, the votes were not reported.

Two of the 15 counties–Wyoming and Juniata–in the district had no results in.

But one thing seems clear: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Marino will secure the Republican spot on the November election’s ballot.

In Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, Tioga, Potter, Mifflin, Perry, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties, Marino was the clear Republican winner.

Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko managed to secure a majority in his home county, with 62 percent of the Republican vote.

At press time, Democrat Judy Herschel was leading the Democratic vote, having secured eight of 13 reporting counties.

In Centre County, which includes the heavily blue State College, Friedenberg secured 83 percent of of the Democratic vote with 3,655 votes. In Clinton, too, he secured a majority with 65 percent of the Democratic vote.

But in Lycoming County, Herschel eked out a majority with 52 percent of the Democratic vote.

She also managed to secure 92 percent of the Democratic vote in her home county of Susquehanna.

As the only woman running in the 12th District, with no political experience, Herschel had the odds stacked against her. But she won heavily in typically red, rural counties like Tioga, Bradford, Northumberland and Sullivan.

A former substance abuse counselor, her platform focuses on getting counties like her own relief from the opioid crisis. She also supports the second amendment and sensible gun control.