SE PA Election Results & the 2008 Prez. Race

The counties surrounding Philadelphia are turning blue, we’re told.  Well, not yet.

Yesterday the county commissioner leadership of Bucks, Montogomery, Chester, and Delaware counties all remained in GOP hands yesterday.  Most judges remain from the GOP.  The Dems had really high hopes.  In a strategy that caused this observer to reach for his copy of the Constitution they thought tying local races to dissatisfaction with Bush/Cheney would finally give them an edge in county governance.

It was not to be, though.  What does this teach us?

It teaches us that if the GOP can manage to run decent candidates, they can succeed in the Philadelphia suburbs.  These counties are close enough now, though, that if the GOP throws up some noticiably corrupt patronage tool, he or she may lose, whereas before the GOP candidate simply had to be drawing breath.

This is all good news for Giuliani in a general election race.  We can say with some certainty that the Demcrat candidate for president will have to at least invest time and money in winning PA.

Of course, it is a shame our primary is so far out that we will have no say at all in nominating either major party candidate.  But at least should it get that far– and one never knows, in high school I thought I’d never see a general election where the winner lost the popular vote– Team Giuliani knows they can count on our Commonwealth’s delegates.


2 responses to “SE PA Election Results & the 2008 Prez. Race

  1. In addition to Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties staying in GOP control, it’s also significant that in Berks County, the Republicans took back the commissioners’ board after four years in Democratic Party control. Berks is increasingly falling inside the Philadelphia media market and can also be included in the SE Pennsylvania mix.

  2. karlub - PA RudyBlogger

    Wow, a comment from one the the world’s leading Greek-American bloggers! I *have* arrived.

    How’d your race go, Tony?

    Thanks for the reminder about Berks, by the way. I’m never sure if I should consider y’all part of the Philly ‘burbs or not. And it’s not because I don’t think of ya’. I live pretty close by.

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