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Obama Loses Warminster, Won Township in 2008

Barack Obama won re-election, but voters in Warminster chose Mitt Romney by a slim margin.

It was a night of good news and bad news for both major parties in Warminster as election results poured in late Tuesday. It was ultimately a great night for the Democrats as Barack Obama secured a second term as President of the United States, but the re-elections of Bernie O'Neill in the 29th district and Mike Fitzpatrick to the U.S. Congress softened the blow for Warminster Republicans.

"Warminster voters spoke loud and clear for Bernie and Fitzpatrick," said township supervisor Leo Quinn at a post-election party held by the Warminster Republican Committee at the Warminster VFW. "They have represented Warminster residents very well and have been rewarded for their service and their ability to compromise."

Despite the national results, Quinn felt the Warminster GOP did its job for the party. According to the numbers available at the Bucks County website, voters in Warminster chose Mitt Romney by less than one percentage point, 8,297 votes to Obama's 8,244. In 2008, Warminster voters chose Obama over John McCain by another slim margin, 9,015 votes to 8,066, for a six vote difference in four years.

The Warminster Democrats did its part to help Bob Casey hold on to his U.S. Senate seat and elect Kathleen Kane Attorney General for Pennsylvania. As for the local races, the losses were seen as teachable moments. First time campaigner Brian Munroe learned one important lesson from his loss to O'Neill, which is getting a major presence in Ann's Choice, a voting district that habitually has one of the highest turnout percentages in the county.

"The problem is that they don't allow one-on-one campaigns onto the grounds," said Munroe at his headquarters in Warminster. "However, since Bernie is a state representative, he can have regular office hours at Ann's Choice on Mondays and get a lot of face time and exposure. That is tough to break, and we need to figure out how to do it."

Warminster Election Results, 2008

President

  • (D) Barack Obama: 9,015 
  • (R) John McCain: 8,066

Attorney General

  • (D) John Morganelli: 7,430
  • (R) Tom Corbett: 8,895

Auditor General

  • (D) Jack Wagner: 8,701
  • (R) Chet Beiler: 7,280

State Treasurer

  • (D) Robert McCord: 8,132
  • (R) Tom Ellis: 7,875

U.S. Congress Representative

  • (D) Patrick Murphy: 9,423
  • (R) Tom Manion: 7,173

State Representative, 29th District

  • (D) Brad Kirsch: 5,522
  • (R) Bernie O'Neill: 7,503

State Representative, 144th District

  • (D) Mitchell Meyerson: 1,250
  • (R) Kathy Watson: 2,427

Warminster Election Results, 2012

President

  • (D) Barack Obama: 8,244
  • (R) Mitt Romney: 8,297

U.S. Senator

  • (D) Bob Casey: 8,407
  • (R) Tom Smith: 7,715

Attorney General

  • (D) Kathleen Kane: 8,398
  • (R) David Freed: 7,577

Auditor General

  • (D) Eugene DePasquale: 7,329
  • (R) John Maher: 8,222

State Treasurer

  • (D) Robert McCord: 7,752
  • (R) Diane Irey Vaughan: 7,814

U.S. Congress Representative

  • (D) Kathy Boockvar: 6,929
  • (R) Mike Fitzpatrick: 9,365

State Representative, 29th District

  • (D) Brian Munroe: 5,454
  • (R) Bernie O'Neill: 7,158

State Representative, 144th District

  • (R) Kathy Watson (uncontested): 2,649

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