Thursday, November 15, 2012

'Live From the Newsroom' tackles the Delco vote

What did we learn from the 2012 election? Well, here in Delaware County, the times they are a-changin’.

Boosted by another spike in voter registration that has sliced the once all-powerful Delco GOP’s 3-1 edge to a much slimmer 1,300 votes, local Democrats continue to flex their muscles.

The county voted Democratic for the sixth straight time in the presidential race. Longtime state Rep. Nick Micozzie barely survived in the quicksand of the changing demographics of Upper Darby and eastern Delaware County, beating Democrat Sheamus Bonner by just 354 votes.

Yet incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, cruised to a convincing win over George Badey.

Last night we got Delco GOP chairman Andy Reilly and Dem boss David Landau to sit down with us on our live-stream Internet show, ‘Live From the Newsroom.’

Both Reilly and Landau offered their post-mortems on the election and what they make of those important demographics that are changing the landscape of Delco politics.

We also were joined by columnists Chris Friend and Gil Spencer.

Among the things we debated was the next big race on the political landscape, the 2014 gubernatorial race in Pennsylvania. Friend believes Gov. Tom Corbett could face some serious problems, including the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky investigation and the promised probe by newly elected Attorney General Democrat Kathleen Kane.

No less an authority than pollster Terry Madonna believes Corbett could face a challenge from within the GOP in a primary. And guess who makes his list of possible challengers? That would be none other than former Chester mayor and now Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9.

If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

On to the 2014 vote!

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