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Franklin residents crowd polls

November 08, 2000

Franklin residents crowd polls



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County residents came out in force to the polls Tuesday, despite a lack of contested state and local races.

Only two of six races had candidates from the major parties.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Republican Rick Santorum won his second six-year term, beating Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Klink. In Franklin County, Santorum earned 13,394 votes to Klink's 6,076, with 44 of 75 precincts reporting at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster ran unopposed in the 9th Congressional District and garnered 17,542 of the 20,333 of the votes cast, with 44 of 75 precincts reporting, according to unofficial election results. A popular Republican despite questions about his ethics, Shuster will be serving his 15th term.

He is chairman of the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has brought many projects to Franklin County, including a $14 million initiative to route trains out of downtown Chambersburg. The last train ran through downtown Thursday morning.

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The 9th Congressional District covers 11 counties, including Franklin and Fulton.

State Sen. Terry Punt faced no opposition in his bid for re-election to the 33rd Senate District for his fourth four-year term. He received 18,645 votes, with 44 out of 75 precincts reporting.

The Waynesboro, Pa., resident spent 10 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before winning his Senate seat in 1988. He is a Republican.

State Reps. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-90th, and Allan Egolf, R-86th, also secured new terms with 5,823 and 2,445 votes respectively as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. This is Fleagle's seventh term covering southern Franklin County and Egolf's fifth term representing the northwestern area of the county.

Only Rep. Jeff Coy, D-89th, faced a challenger, Republican Ken Gill.

Coy had 6,731 votes to Gill's 3,466, with 17 of their 26 precincts reporting.

Franklin County Commissioner Warren Elliott estimated about 70 percent of the county's 71,466 registered voters turned out Tuesday.

Republicans outnumber Democrats nearly two to one, with 41,274 Republicans to 22,387 Democrats. The remaining 7,805 did not specify a party, according to county records.

There are more than 10,000 new registered voters since the 1996 election, when 74 percent of 61,307 voters cast a ballot.

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