Pennsylvanians went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots for local and county officials, and to elect or retain statewide judicial candidates. Turnout was below 20%, which is not unusual for municipal year elections in Pennsylvania.
Central Labor Councils across the State that made endorsements in 2013 were able to take advantage of that low turnout and helped to propel many candidates to victory. Labor-endorsed candidates won over 72% of their contests in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. A full list of endorsed candidates with results can be viewed here.
“We are proud of the enthusiasm and energy displayed by our affiliated unions, who worked in conjunction with local Area Labor Federations and Central Labor Councils, in supporting and electing labor-endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s Judicial, county and local elections,” Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bloomingdale said.
The four statewide Judges who were up for retention (Max Baer and Ron Castille on the Supreme Court, and Susan Gantman and Jack Panella on the Superior Court), easily won their retention votes. It is worth noting that Tea Party organizations led a campaign against the retention of the Supreme Court justices, as retaliation for the Court not upholding the State’s Voter ID law. Their campaign seemed to have no impact on the retention votes.
“We saw the Supreme Court Justices retained by similar margins to the Superior Court Justices,” Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder pointed out. “This just goes to show that the Tea Party obsession with limiting voting rights is not one that the general public shares.”