Races to determine Pennsylvania's next governor and U.S. senator drew voters to the polls Tuesday.
And those voters interviewed Tuesday morning at Frankstown Township Municipal Building in the township's 3rd Precinct were in a Republican mood.
Dave Berry, a Navy and Vietnam veteran who voted straight Republican, said Tuesday's election was very important.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Judge of Election Antonette Cox instructs voter Chelsea Shaffer (left) of Cresson Tuesday afternoon at the Cresson Borough No. 2 polls at All Saints Catholic School.
"This may be one of the most important elections for many generations because of the cultural changes that have occurred in Washington over the last two years," Berry said. "A lot of people don't like the way things are going."
Voters turned out in steady numbers Tuesday morning in Blair County, especially at Frankstown Township's 3rd precinct and the Lakemont United Methodist Church in Logan Township's 2nd precinct.
"Lakemont Methodist Church had 300 voters by 11 a.m," Blair County Republican Committee Chairman A.C. Stickel said. "People seemed excited to vote and that isn't always the case."
Turnout was also high in neighboring Bedford and Cambria counties.
"I am very pleased," said Peg Koenig, Bedford County director of elections. "I had predicted a 50 percent turnout, and it looks like we might get 50 to 60 percent."
"I believe I am going to get my 47 percent [prediction]," said Fred Smith, Cambria County director of elections.
As expected, Republicans - with a 45,700-to-29,286 edge in registration over Democrats in Blair County - did quite well at the Frankstown Township building, where many voters favored Tom Corbett over Dan Onorato for governor and Pat Toomey over Joe Sestak for U.S. senator.
But Democrats interviewed Tuesday said they were also supporting GOP candidates.
"I am a registered Democrat but voted mostly Republican," Eugene Bettwy said. "I am angry with the existing administration in Washington. They are not responding to our needs and our state is not doing so good either."
Lucy Russell, another Democrat, voted for Toomey and Corbett.
"We are fed up and we like their views. We need to change things," she said.
Dave McCready came out to vote against the Democratic party.
"I am anti-Democrat; they are destroying the country," McCready said. "I voted straight Republican, but I am registered as an Independent."
Loretta Rhodes voted straight Republican.
"I feel this year is important to send a message to Congress that we aren't happy with the people there. I feel this is a time to stand up for our values. It is a chance to have our voices heard," Rhodes said. "We need to take our country back and get back to the values our country was founded on."
Julie Russell also voted a straight Republican ticket.
"From a religious and Christian standpoint, I agree with the Republicans' stance on everything," she said.
Conner Gilbert went against the apparent GOP tide. He said it was his civic duty to come out and vote.
"It is important as a young person  to carry on that tradition," Gilbert said. "I voted for Joe Sestak. I got excited about his campaign in the primary and that gave me extra motivation to come out and vote."
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.