Borowicz takes House seat

SARAH SMELTZ/THE EXPRESS Stephanie Borowicz enters the Lock Haven Moose Lodge on Hanna Street to huge applause from her Republican supporters last night.

Stephanie Borowicz has turned the 76th Legislative District seat in the House of Representatives to Republican for the first time in some three decades.

The second-time candidate defeated Democrat Mike Hanna Jr. by a relatively sizeable margin Tuesday, wrestling away the seat held by Mike Hanna Sr. since 1991.

Borowicz won most of Clinton County’s 34 precincts.

She did the same in most of the 20 precincts that comprise the 76th District in Centre County.

Unofficially, the Wayne Township resident won Clinton County by a vote of 6,337 to Hanna’s 5,691.

Hanna took the early lead with a handful of precincts reporting, but by 9 p.m., Borowicz surged to the lead and never looked back.

The Republicans gathered at the Lock Haven Moose Lodge on Hanna Street in the city.

Borowicz came to the Lodge with her family about 10:30 or so to applause and a loud cheer.

“Oh my gosh, we did it,” she said, greeting her supporters and campaign staff. “Holy crud, I’m a mess.”

After acknowledging each person in the room with a hug, Borowicz offered just a short statement, saying, “Thanks to my supporters. Everything looks good right now. I’m just overwhelmed.”

Meanwhile, Hanna Jr., meeting with family and friends at The Saloon, smiled amid his defeat.

“We ran a good race. We did what we had to do,” he said. “I have no regrets.”

CLINTON COUNTY

In her home precinct of Wayne Township, Borowicz outpolled Hanna, 288 to 248.

Borowicz won Bald Eagle Township by just three votes – 340 to 337.

Dunnstable Township also went for Borowicz, 234 to 175.

Beech Creek Township gave Borowicz a 42 vote edge, 196 to 154.

Likewise, Porter Township went for Borowicz, 328 to 214.

Mill Hall Borough gave the GOP candidate the edge, 256 to 243, and in Lamar Township Borowicz received 482 votes to Hanna’s 351.

Flemington Borough’s voters also gave the majority to Borowicz, 140 to 124. Allison Township was the same at 51 for Borowicz and 39 for Hanna.

On the flip side, Castanea Township gave Hanna a win with 206 to Borowicz’s 172 votes. So did the city of Lock Haven’s 3rd Ward, with Hanna gaining 408 votes to Borowicz’s 224. The city’s 1st Ward also went for Hanna with 157 votes to Borowicz’s 119. The 2nd Ward gave Hanna 84 votes to the Republican’s 41 votes.

In Woodward Township, where the voter turnout was 66 percent, Hanna polled 515 votes and Borowicz 479.

In all, 12,158 people in Clinton County voted Tuesday out of a total 20,857 for a 58.29 percent turnout.

That turnout gave Borowicz her victory, while also boosting Republican Lou Barletta over incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, who, however, won re-election.

Republican Scott Wagner garnered 6,516 votes to Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf’s 5,292.

Over the past three years, Republicans took a commanding majority of eligible voters in Clinton County, 10,051 to Democrats’ 8,090.

And on Tuesday, what could be a record 4,043 people cast straight party ballots for Republican candidates, while only 2,246 did the same for Democrats.

CENTRE COUNTY

Borowicz also won big in Centre, outpacing Hanna by about 930 votes – unofficially.

She also won the precincts in Centre in 2016 against Mike Hanna Sr.

This time around, she took double-digit margins in Liberty Township, Benner North, Boggs West, Union Township, Snow Shoe East, Boggs West, Howard Borough and Snow Shoe Borough, among others.

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