Yesterday was a good day for our nation; sanity took back the U.S. House. It was an even better day in Radnor Township. We had an unprecedented level of turnout for a midterm election in Radnor, and Democrats completely dominated every race, up and down the ballot. We knew we were going to have a great day with the races for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and, yes, Democrats Tom Wolf, Bob Casey, and DelCo’s own Mary Gay Scanlon and 26-year incumbent Greg Vitali (PA House 166) all won handily. The race we were all worried about was for the PA 165 House seat; 8 of Radnor’s 15 precincts lie in PA 165. Jenn O’Mara, a young, articulate, intelligent and spectacular candidate ran an amazing race, knocking on thousands of doors. She was challenging a Republican "yes man" in a district that was grotesquely gerrymandered to favor the Republican candidate. Radnor makes up a sizable, yet minority, chunk of the district, with Republican strongholds Springfield and Marple making up the majority. In working with our Democratic colleagues in Springfield and Marple, we knew going in that she would likely lose in Springfield and in Marple. The goal was to keep down her losses in those large townships so that with a resounding win in Radnor, we–Radnor–could put Jenn over the top.
I am pleased to report that it seems as if that is exactly what happened yesterday.
Looking at only the machine counts, it looks like Jenn won by a mere 163 votes out of over 30,000 cast. And yes, Jenn lost Springfield and Marple by substantial margins. But in Radnor Township, Jenn won (on the machines anyway) 4,583 to 2,705. This almost 2,000 vote plurality from Radnor looks like it made the difference. Check out this link and compare our township’s results with the rest of the county.
You should all be very proud of all we accomplished throughout this campaign. I am so proud of all of our committeepeople, polling place volunteers, canvassers and Democratic voters who not only braved the rainy weather yesterday and finished the job, but for all the work leading up to yesterday’s victories.
Please stay involved. There is still much to be done.
Chair, Radnor Democratic Committee