No surprises in Elk County election results

There weren't many surprises in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary election results in Elk County. As of press time, with all 33 precincts reporting, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney captured the Pa. Republican presidential nomination and will face President Barack Obama in the fall. Romney easily outdistanced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to take the nomination. Voter turnout was low, not unusual in primary elections, with a little over 20 percent of county residents voting. Voter turnout was heavier on the Republican side, and the Elk County Republican Party elected a new chairman, choosing Mark Wagner over incumbent Edward J. Hornung. Regarding elected officials in our area, State Sen. Joe Scarnati and state Rep. Matt Gabler, both Republicans, ran unopposed in Tuesday's election and could face as-yet-unknown write-in Democratic candidates in the General Election; U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, also alone on his ballot, will be facing Democratic challenger and university professor Charles Dumas in the fall.