Pa. counties: 5.7 million votes cast for president

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HARRISBURG (AP) – All 67 Pennsylvania counties have certified their vote totals from the Nov. 6 election.


The totals reported Friday by state elections officials show 5,742,040 Pennsylvanians cast ballots for president.


Democrat Barack Obama received 2,990,274 votes, or 52 percent, while Republican Mitt Romney claimed 2,680,434, or 47 percent. The Libertarian and Green party candidates each received less than 1 percent of the vote.


The candidate attracting the most votes was Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, whose 3,125,557 votes were more than the totals for Obama and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who was elected to a second term.


The numbers do not vary significantly from the unofficial totals gathered on election night by news organizations and the State Department.


Department spokesman Ron Ruman says the totals exclude a couple hundred provisional ballots that remain uncounted but are otherwise complete.


The totals also confirmed the outcome of a tight state House race in Allegheny County – Republican Rep. Rick Saccone defeated the man he unseated in 2010, Democrat Dave Levdansky, by a 112-vote margin. Saccone’s victory in House District 39 leaves Republicans outnumbering Democrats in the House, 111-92, unchanged from the last session.


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