County Dems Celebrate Big Night at Plymouth Meeting Watch Party
Democrats win big from Montgomery County to the White House.
That was the first word from Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro when asked about the mood at the Montgomery County Democratic Committee watch party Tuesday night.
"A lot of people really worked hard and it was a boots on the ground effort," Shapiro said, the sounds of cheers surrounding him in the basement of UFCW Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting. "It paid off with another big win for the President in Montgomery County and in Pennsylvania."
The Democrats certainly had plenty to celebrate, as they fared well at the county, state, and national levels. Locally, favored incumbents like state senator Daylin Leach (D-7) and congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13) easily downed their Republican challengers and newcomers such as Mark Painter (PA-146) and Mary Jo Daley (PA-148) won in less comfortable races.
"I'm officially celebrating -- it just feels great," Daley said at the watch party. "There were so many people that were so helpful to me in doing this and I'm just so grateful. It was a short campaign but energetic."
While Daley won by a comfortable 17 percent margin over opponent Mike Ludwig, Painter had a much tougher contest in upending incumbent Thomas Quigley. With 100 percent of votes counted, county numbers showed 14,801 votes for Painter, 14,585 for Quigley, prompting the Pottstown Mercury to call the election for the challenger.
Montgomery County also helped deliver the state to Obama by similar margins as in 2008, with 57 percent voting for the President in the county, compared to 42 percent for challenger Mitt Romney. The county went for Senator Bob Casey, Jr. by an even greater margin at 58.45 percent, compared to 40.63 percent for Republican candidate Tom Smith.
Cheers erupted amongst the 100 or so officials and volunteers at the watch party as MSNBC first called the presidential race for Obama. Somewhere amongst the celebration, MCDC chairperson Marcel Groen told Patch he believes the Democratic victories are owed to hard work and a consistent message.
"I think it was just a lot of hard work form a lot of people, all pulling in the same direction and working their tails off," Groen said. "The electorate agreed with our message, which has always been the same-- socially moderate, fiscally conservative."