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Election 2012 - 5 Days and Counting

Written by Nell McCormack Abom | Nov 1, 2012 10:00 AM

Just 5 days to go until voters decide Election 2012. Tune into TV Smart Talk tonight at 8 for the latest on statewide row office races and the campaign for the U.S. Senate. Share your comments at 1-800-729-7532, email, post a comment below, to Facebook or on Twitter.


Democratic Senator Bob Casey Jr. and Republican political newcomer Tom Smith wage a campaign mainly over the airwaves. Smith, a wealthy coal magnate, has pumped millions of his own fortune into the race. They held only one debate which most pundits say Casey won. Libertarian Rayburn Smith, a retired postal carrier, also is on the ballot.

Democratic Auditor General Jack Wagner leaves office in January and a new man will take his place. Republican State Representative John Maher is a certified public accountant. It’s that professional certification and years of experience as an accountant, Maher says, that give him the edge in the race. Democratic State Representative Eugene DePasquale argues, however, that the office needs most a person of integrity who espouses transparency and accountability. He vows to be an aggressive watchdog of state taxpayer funds. Libertarian Betsy Summers, a sales representative for a veterinary supply company, also is on the ballot.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, wants to keep his job. The Harvard- and University of Pennsylvania-educated former venture capitalist says he’ll work to eliminate waste in government and improve the state's returns on investments. Republican Diana Irey Vaughan, a five-term Washington County commissioner, hopes to unseat McCord and says public worker-pension reform is a priority.  Libertarian Patricia Fryman, a retired Venango County auditor, also is on the ballot.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these races. Our guests include Keegan Gibson, managing editor of PoliticsPA, Amy Worden, a politics and government reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mary Wilson, capitol bureau chief for witf-fm 89.5, and

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