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York County Dems welcome Clinton, McGinty noms
Shortly after 9 p.m., the York County Democrats primary viewing party erupted in cheers.
The news network of choice for the gathering in The Holy Hound Tapworks' back room, MSNBC, had just made the call: Hillary Clinton was projected to win the presidential primary in the state of Pennsylvania.
The 30 or so people who had been milling around the party coalesced around the two televisions, which soon began showing the former secretary of state and New York senator speaking in Philadelphia.
State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, was jubilant, with his mind on November.
"She's gonna win," he said to no one in particular.
Those in attendance at the Holy Hound periodically cheered at Clinton's applause lines, and the cheerful room — encouraged by Schreiber — burst into whoops the couple of times York County resident Gov. Tom Wolf got some screen time with the Clintons.
"It's exciting to have her finally in our state after what seems like two years of campaigning," Schreiber said of Clinton.
Schreiber ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination for the 95th District seat he already holds. He'll face off with Republican candidate Joel Sears, a local businessman, in the general election.
A few minutes after Clinton wrapped up in Philadelphia, York County Democratic Party Chair Chad Baker stood up on a booth to address those gathered, thanking all who had volunteered.
"We're the Democratic Party," he said. "Today, we were Democrats; tonight, we party."
That got laughs, but he also said there's much work still to be done.
"If we want to take the White House, we have to start tomorrow," he said.
Madison Miller, likely one one of the two or three youngest people in the bar's back room, was participating in a presidential election for the first time. The West York Area High School senior who last fall interned for Schreiber's office voted for Sanders, but she said there are positives to both candidates.
"Honestly, I see both sides," she said. Shortly before 10 p.m., she was interested to see how the rest of the night's races went.
One of those was the battle for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Pat Toomey, a Republican. Katie McGinty, who ran for governor in the Democratic primary against Wolf and then became his chief of staff, was declared the victor in Tuesday's Democratic primary shortly after 10 p.m.
McGinty came on strong late in the race to beat former state Rep. Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.
"It's proof positive of how effective her messaging was," said Bob Kefauver, a former chair of the York County Democrats.
He said it made him confident in her ability to give Toomey a run for his money in the general election on Nov. 8.
Kefauver was excited by what was seeming to be a solid success for Joshua Burkholder, a write-in candidate for the 4th Congressional District. Burkholder hadn't been able to get on the primary ballot, so he needed 1,000 write-in votes from around the district, which includes all of York County and parts of the surrounding ones. With 41 percent of York County reporting, there were more than 850 write-in submissions, the county's website said.
As always, some of those are going to be joke entries, but the high number just for York County was encouraging, Kefauver said.
"We really put this campaign into action for him last Thursday," he said.