Hanna, Toomey both earn re-election Tuesday

Jayson Moyer

Democratic State Rep. Mike Hanna and Republican Senator Pat Toomey each walked away victorious Tuesday night, with both earning re-election for their respective positions.

Hanna, an alumnus of Lock Haven University, won his 14th term in the House of Representatives.  He defeated Republican opponent Stephanie Borowicz.

Hanna has represented Clinton and Centre Counties for 26 years and this year’s election was his 14th victory in 14 tries.

According to WNEP, this year marks the first time in a decade when the majority of registered voters in Clinton County are Republican.

“Closer than any other one I’ve had before but 53-47. We are happy with that,” said Hanna in an interview with WNEP.  

“My supporters did a great job and the voters did a great job.”

Toomey, on the other hand, defeated Democratic candidate Katie McGinty to win his second term in the senate.  

The United States Senate will continue to be controlled by Republicans.  Within the Senate, Republicans took the majority of Senate spots, including victories in major states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida.

Toomey had trailed McGinty earlier in the night, but when votes from rural parts of the state rolled in, Toomey took advantage.

Polls leading up to Election Day showed McGinty having a lead over Toomy, but similarly to the polls leading up to the Presidential Election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Republicans proved everybody wrong.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a total of $155 million was spent on the United States Senate race.
Toomey was first elected to represent Pennsylvania in 2010.

Hanna will begin his 14th term in January.


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