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Close race between Dush & Corbin unfolds in District 66; Dush wins in narrow race, absentees still to be counted

May 20, 2014

Cris Dush

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday's Jefferson County primary election saw one particular race of interest, and in the end, it proved to be as
close as many thought it would be, with Cris Dush receiving 2,508 votes (51.70 percent) for the spot on the Republican ticket for Representative in the General Assembly 66th District and Paul Corbin receiving 2,166
(44.65) votes within the county.

(Results are unofficial and were obtained through jeffersoncountypa.com, the county's website.)

Harry G. Bodenhorn also received 166 votes on the ballot.

The election isn't limited to Jefferson County, though, as the district extends into a number of precincts in Indiana County, as well.

In Indiana County, the unofficial results Tuesday night reported that Corbin edged Dush in Indiana County by a total of 775 votes to 722 (50 percent to 47 percent) with Bodenhorn receiving 47 votes.

The advantage, though, was not enough for Corbin to surpass Dush, whose total of 3,230 (51 percent) bested Corbin’s 2,941.

All results are unofficial, and the absentee ballots will not be officially tabulated until Friday.

On the Democratic ballot for Representative in Congress' 5th District, Kerith Strano Taylor earned a convincing nod with 1,669 votes (83.33 percent) to Thomas Tarantella's 278. A total of 56 write-ins were also
recorded in the county.

While there was a tight race in the Republican bid for the fall ticket in the race for Representative in the General Assembly's 66th District, Robert Toby Santik ran unopposed on the Democratic ballot and cruised with 1,621 votes to 248 write-ins in Jefferson County.

Santik received 412 votes in Indiana County to easily earn the spot on the ballot in the fall.

The election saw 7,063 ballots cast in Jefferson County — split between 4,889 on the Republican side and 2,174 on the Democratic.

Contested races and races of interest on the Republican ticket included:

• In the race for governor in the county, Tom Corbett defeated Robert Guzzardi handily by a margin of 3,380 to 982, with 202 write-ins being tallied.

• Glenn GT Thompson ran unopposed on the Republican ballot for Representative in Congress' 5th District and received 4,382 votes for 98.38 percent of the total.

• In the Republican race for State Committee Member, Chad W. Horner and Maxine M. Zimmerman both received more than 3,000 votes, and both will appear on the ticket in the fall.

On the Democratic side, there were also a few contested races in the county:

• Tom Wolf won the county's vote for the Democratic nod for governor with 1,295 votes (60.66 percent) in his favor. Robert M. McCord (436 votes), Katie McGinty (232) and Allyson Y. Schwartz (130) were also on the ballot, with 42 write-ins being recorded, as well.

• On the Jefferson County ballot for Lieutenant Governor, Mark Critz took home the most Democratic votes with 984 (48.98 percent). Mark Smith (476), Mike Stack (231), Brandon P. Neuman (172) and Brad Koplinski (132) were also on the ballot.

The majority of the remaining races in the county were either uncontested or the minimum number of seats was not exceeded on the ballots.

For full results, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

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