A total of 518 Titusville residents headed to the polls for the gubernatorial election on Tuesday, to cast their vote for congress in the 16th Congressional District race.
While Republican Mike Kelly ran unopposed, netting a total of 397 votes across Titusville’s five districts, Hydetown borough, Centerville, and Townville, three Democrats — Ron DiNicola, 61, of Erie; Chris Rieger, 33, of Cranberry Township, Butler County; and Robert Multari, 68, of Hermitage — competed for the nomination to run against Kelly in November.
The Associated Press called DiNicola as the overall winner for the 16th district, which mirrored local neighborhood results.
The voting totals from Titusville and Hydetown have DiNicola leading, with 129 votes, while Rieger trails with 39, followed by Multari, with 22.
In Titusville’s first ward, first district, 91 people voted, with 54 votes going to Kelly; 21 votes going to DiNicola, five votes going to Rieger, and four votes going to Multari. In the first ward, second district, 80 total residents cast their ballot, and Kelly snagged 44 votes, while DiNicola took 22, Rieger took five, and Multari had one.
In the second ward, first district, out of 95 total ballots cast, Kelly took 65 votes, DiNicola had 12, Multari had five, and Rieger had four. In the second ward, second district, 108 ballots were cast, with 65 votes going to Kelly, 22 votes going to DiNicola, 10 votes going to Rieger, and two votes going to Multari.
In the third ward, 30 people cast their vote, with Kelly claiming 14 votes, DiNicola taking five, Rieger receiving four, and Multari claiming two. Titusville’s fourth ward had a voter turnout of 79 people, with Kelly getting 41 of the votes, while DiNicola got 16, Rieger had four, and Multari had six.
In Titusville’s fifth ward, 35 people cast their vote, giving 20 to Kelly, 10 to DiNicola, and Rieger and Multari both taking one vote.
In Hydetown, 61 people headed to the polls, with Kelly claiming 41 votes, while DiNicola took 10, Rieger claimed four, and Multari didn’t net any.
According to the Crawford County voter services website, in Townville, of the 58 ballots cast, Kelly claimed 42, while DiNicola got six votes, Multari got one, and Rieger claimed none. In Centerville, 24 votes were tallied, with Kelly claiming 11, DiNicola netting five, Rieger taking two, and Multari unable to secure any. For Titusville, Hydetown, Townville, and Centerville, voter turnout was low, with only a small percentage of the registered voters heading to the polls.
At one polling station, one of the workers commented that she believed only 12 percent of the registered voters for that district had come out to cast their ballot. She said that it was sad how few people took the time to vote.
Out of Titusville’s 3,135 registered voters, according the Crawford County Voter Services website, only 518 voted, totaling 16 percent of said voters at the polls on Tuesday. In Hydetown, of the 345 registered voters, 61 cast their ballot, totaling 18 percent.
In Centerville, of 122 registered voters, 24 went to the polls, totaling 20 percent; and in Townville, of 187 registered voters, 58 cast their vote, totaling a voter turnout of 31 percent.
Votes for surrounding areas, such as Pleasantville and Cherrytree, were unavailable to The Herald by deadline. All results at this time are unofficial.
Across the state
The following are results from Congressoinal races across the state. Results are provided by the Associated Press.
Ron DiNicola won a three-way Democratic primary. He will face four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly in the Republican-leaning district.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick won a two-way Republican primary. Scott Wallace won a three-way Democratic primary. The race is considered a toss-up in November.
Two-term U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle won a two-way Democratic primary. He will face Republican David Torres in the heavily Democratic district.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans won a two-Democratic primary. He will face Republican Bryan Leib in the heavily Democratic district.
State Rep. Madeleine Dean won a three-way Democratic primary. She will face Republican Dan David in the Democratic-leaning district.
Mary Gay Scanlon won a 10-way Democratic primary. She will face Republican Pearl Kim in the Democratic-leaning district.
No contested primaries.
Susan Wild won a six-way Democratic primary. Two candidates were vying for the Republican nomination. The race is considered a toss-up in November.
John Chrin won a three-way Republican primary. He will face three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright in the Democratic-leaning district.
Dan Meuser won a three-way Republican primary. Dennis Wolff won a three-way Democratic primary. The district leans Republican and has an open seat.
A four-way Democratic primary was too close to call. The winner will face three-term Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in the Republican-leaning district.
Two-term U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker won a two-way Republican primary. He will face Democrat Jess King in the solidly Republican district.
Four-term U.S. Rep. Tom Marino won a two-way Republican primary. A two-way Democratic primary was too close to call. The district is solidly Republican.
John Joyce won an eight-way Republican primary. He will face Democrat Brent Ottaway in the solidly Republican district for the open seat.
State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler won a two-way Republican primary. Bibiana Boerio won a four-way Democratic primary. The district is solidly Republican and has an open seat.
Susan Boser won a two-way Democratic primary. She will face five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson in the solidly Republican district.
No contested primaries.
Twelve-term U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle won a two-way Democratic primary. No Republicans filed to run in the heavily Democratic district.
Dodd can be reached by email, at email@example.com.