Elections Government

Trump Wins Support Of PA Electors


Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

Pennsylvania’s 20 members of the electoral college cast their ballots, as expected, for Republican Donald Trump in Harrisburg Monday afternoon.

The votes from the electors were made official shortly after noon Monday. By evening, electors from throughout the country had collected the 270 votes needed to officially make Trump the next president.

Bucks County had two residents taking part in Monday’s vote. Bucks County Republican Party head Pat Poprik and Trump state director Ted Christian were in Harrisburg to cast their ballots.

Statewide, Trump beat Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by around 44,000 votes. The election was close in Bucks County with Clinton beating Trump by around 2,000 votes.

Outside the state Capitol in Harrisburg Monday, a last ditch-effort by some protesters to sway electors to cast their vote for anyone but Trump failed.

“This is what democracy looks like,” the demonstrators said while electors were inside the Capitol.

While the electors weren’t legally bound to cast their ballot the same way the majority of voters did, none strayed from voting for Trump.

According to a Philly.com report, all of the electors were issued a state police trooper for their safety on Monday.

The Pennsylvania Department of State released a list of electors:

Robert Asher, Montgomery County

Mary Barket, Northampton County

Robert Bozzuto, Cumberland County

Theodore Christian, Bucks County

Michael Downing, Cumberland County

Margaret Ferraro, Northampton County

Christopher Gleason, Cambria County

Robert Gleason, Cambria County

Joyce Haas, Centre County

Ash Khare, Warren County

James McErlane, Chester County

Elstina Pickett, Bradford County

Patricia Poprik, Bucks County

Andrew Reilly, Delaware County

Carol Sides, Lycoming County

Gloria “Lee” Snover, Northampton County

Richard Stewart, Cumberland County

Lawrence Tabas, Philadelphia County

Christine Toretti, Indiana County

Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh, Chester County


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama’s visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he’s not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there’s one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001