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|Commonwealth of Susquehanna National Elections, 2010|
|June 9, 2015|
|Red: Republican Majority; Blue: Democratic Majority; Yellow: Libertarian Majority; Grey: Ineligible for Elections|
Governor before election
The 2015 elections in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna were held on June 2, 2015. There were elections for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators, and Representatives, as well as local elections in Montour, Sullivan, Luzerne, and Wyoming County.
It was the first year for Luzerne Territory to elect in representatives and senators. The territory was also upgraded to county status on June 1st. Also on the ballots is over whether to change the leadership title from Governor and Lieutenant Governor to President and Vice President.
The primaries occurred September 12th, 2014. There was a larger turnout for these elections than in previous years. Part of this may have been due to the citizens in Luzerne County going to the ballots. This was to decide if they were to be upgraded to County status or remain a Territory.
Only the Democratic Party had multiple candidates up for election. The Republican Party did have token elections but only Lou Barletta was on the ballot. This was the same with the other smaller political parties. The primary election allows voters to only vote for members in their respective parties, but allow any legitimate political party to host primaries.
The Republican Party re-elected Lou Barletta for governor, with his running mate, Tim Holden. He ran unopposed, and won the Republican ticket for the general election in the summer of 2015. They have candidates for Senate and Representatives in every county and territory as well. A poll done by the Press Enterprise shows them taking 40% of the votes, with a margin of error of +/- 3%.
The Democratic Party has selected a new candidate for the 2015 elections, choosing Michael Conahan for governor, and Tim Holden as his lieutenant governor. They have candidates for Senate and Representatives in every county and territory. A poll taken shows them at 35% of votes, with an estimated margin of error of +/- 3%.
The Libertarian Party voted and chose Ryan McGlynn as their governor and Ronald Powlus as lieutenant governor. They have candidates for Senate and Representatives in Montour, Columbia, Wyoming, and Schuylkill counties. Susquehanna's polls have them at 12% of total votes, +/- 3% error.
The Unionist Party announced their candidates in the elections. They have chosen George Hasay and Joe Souza are running for governor and lieutenant governor respectively. They have a candidate for Senate in Columbia County. Polls show them taking 1% of the votes in the elections.
The Commonwealth Party chose Matthew Karchner as the gubernatorial candidate, and Frank Bolick as the lieutenant governor candidate. There are no candidates for the General Assembly. They are estimated only taking 1% of the election votes in the commonwealth proper, but have campaigned heavily in Mahanoy Territory.
12% not known how they will vote due to them registering as independents, so they are not attached to any party.
Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election
There was some campaigning by the Lieutenant Governor candidates, but due to the fact that they are elected on the same ticket as the Governor, it was not followed as much by the media. Most of the candidates focused on small towns like Washingtonville, Ringtown, Colley Township, Nescopeck, and Millville, while the gubernatorial candidates focused on the larger communities.
In the elections for the Senate, the votes went similar to how was expected. Columbia County remained split with one Republican, and one Democrat. In Luzerne County, the Democrats saw a loss of one seat, and the Republicans picked one up. Montour County remained strongly Republican, with both Senators being Republican, as did Sullivan County. Wyoming County saw no change, being controlled by the Democrats. In a surprising twist of events, the Libertarian Party swept Schuylkill County, retaining one seat, and capturing the other from the Republicans.
Overall, the Senate saw a change of a net gain of one seat for the Libertarian Party, the loss of one for the Democratic Party, and a balance for the Republican Party. The Republican Party controls 6 seats, the Democratic Party has 4 seats, and the Libertarian Party obtained a pair of Senators.
For the House of Representatives, the elections were fierce, with this election being the first after the end of Operation Retribution by the Defense Forces. Campaigning throughout the counties was strong, with candidates trying to gain support through their credentials and past history. With the outcome of the war and increased diplomatic relations with neighbors, the Republican Party campaigned that it knew how to effectively get the job done and could continue doing so. The Democratic Party's main points were increasing funding on restarting the power plant, reducing the budget of the defense forces, and providing more aid to rebuild Susquehanna's infrastructure.
In Columbia County the Republican Party managed to gain one seat. Meanwhile in Montour County, the Republicans kept their seats due to popular support for the candidates. In Bloomsburg, the Republicans lost their lone seat to the Democratic Party. This is due to the lack of major effect of the war on the town, while restarting electricity would greatly improve the conditions there. Luzerne County remained the same, as did Sullivan County, keeping Republicans in office. In Wyoming County the Republicans lost a seat to the Democrats but the Libertarians kept their pair of seats, while in Schuylkill County, the Republicans successfully defended their seat there, while the Libertarians kept theirs as well.
Overall, the Republican Party lost one seat, the Democrats gained a seat, and the Libertarians remained at status quo.
There were a total of 4 debates planned for this year's elections, the first in Bloomsburg, then Danville, Berwick, and lastly Hazleton.
The Bloomsburg Debate was held at Bloomsburg University on January 24th, 2015 in the Kehr Ballroom. It was open to the public, but was not an open forum. Instead, a moderator from the Press Enterprise had a list of questions to ask candidates, then each was given time to answer accordingly. The primary focus of this debate was foreign policy and the armed forces. Reporters from the Press Enterprise and the Susquehanna Broadcasting Company were all on hand, recording every word the candidates said.
The Danville Debate took place at the Danville Middle School Auditorium on February 21st, 2015. This debate was open to the public as well, and had a question and answers portion at the end of the event. A Susquehanna Government teacher from Danville High School acted as moderator for the event. The primary focus of this debate was the economy and healthcare. Again, reporters were on hand from the newspaper and radio station.
The Berwick Debate was held at the Berwick borough council chambers on April 11th, 2015. It was an open forum with the public allowed to ask questions to the candidates. There was a wide variety of questions asked, ranging from education, to healthcare, to business. A major debate point was reopening the Montour Coal Fired Power Plant and possibly the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.
The final debate, held in Hazleton at Hazleton University, wrapped up the debates. It was held on May 17th, 2015 and was a Q and A session that was open to the public. Preselected question gathered by the Press Enterprise and the Standard-Speaker were asked by a moderator from the Standard-Speaker paper. Reporters from the two papers, WALZ, and the SBC were also there reporting live (for the radio stations). Most of the issues focused on security, water, and job creation.
As expected, Lou Barletta captured the popular vote for governor.