2016 Republican primary results

Donald Trump won by wide margins in Venango County, in the 5th U.S. Congressional District (the district that includes Venango County), and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Also winners in the 5th U.S. Congressional District were Trump’s three preferred candidates for delegate to the Republican National convention—James Feuer Klein (a Trump delegate), C. Arnold McClure (a Trump delegate), and Ash Khare (who has said he will vote at the convention for the winner of the district—which, to repeat, is Trump).

These links will take you to the election results at the Department of State website:

Statewide results for president
Statewide results for state attorney general
District results for delegates to the Republican national convention
Venango County results for all offices 
Download detailed Venango County results for all offices results (PDF)

Here is a comparison of the state, district, and county results for the top three Republican candidates for president:

  State    District    County
Trump    56.8% 57.8% 56.0%
Cruz    21.6% 23.0% 26.9%
Kasich    19.4% 16.8% 14.8%

Cruz performed better in Venango County than in the state and district, taking votes (relative to the state numbers) mostly from Kasich. Cruz’s relatively strong performance in Venango County is probably attributable to the good organization and energy of Venango County’s Tea Party and Evangelical communities.

Here is a comparison of the results for the nine candidates for delegate to the Republican National Convention from the 5th district. They are listed in descending order based on the district results. The winning vote totals in the district and in each county are highlighted.

  District    Cameron   Centre   Clarion   Clearfield   Clinton   Crawford   Elk
Klein    37,107    278    5,928    1,730    4,852    2,175    229    1,725
McClure    34,190    227    6,146    1,440    4,623    1,946    178    1,217
Khare    32,473    236    5,508    1,451    3,970    1,622    167    1,219
Haas    29.800    257    7,688    1,185    3,068    1,314    201    1,180
Chura    23,095    222    5,227       855    2,858    1,133    143       841
Stewart     21,512    181    4,245       849    2,501       936    163       783
Kroeker    20,883    170    5,361       768    2,141       961    124       699
Schreffler  20,564    128    3,728    1,493    2,019       960    155       872
Sterrett      20,432    168    3,541       942    1,928       882    146       781

 

    Erie   Forest   Huntingdon   Jefferson   McKean   Potter   Tioga   Warren   Venango
Klein      5,705    374    1,954    3,296    2,258    1,476    176    1,778    3,173
McClure      4,606    289    2,800    3,069    1,894    1,322    171    1,581    2,681
Khare      4,452    303    1,670    2,804    1,987    1,161    171    3,414    2,338
Haas      4,301    227    1,681    2,128    1,561       969    142    1,674    2,224
Chura      3,357    167    1,304    1,747    1,157       683      73    1,317    2,011
Stewart      3,388    155    1,134    1,614    1,358       677      86    1,413    2,029
Kroeker      3,219    181    1,185    1,388       991       622      78    1,147    1,848
Schreffler      2,634    234    1,079    1,240    1,033       757      77    1,210    2,945
Sterrett      3,879    187    1,106    1,571    1,197       793    109    1,431    1,771

Klein, McClure, and Khare—the three preferred delegates of the Trump campaign—won overall and in most counties. The only other candidates who won in any counties were Joyce Haas, vice chair of the state GOP, and Venango County's own Scott Schreffler. Scott did remarkably well, even though he is not known throughout the district, did not declare for any presidential candidate, was not named as a preferred delegate by any presidential campaign, and was not promoted by any super-PAC mailings or robo-calls. He came in second in Venango and Clarion counties. In the district totals he came in just behind a Cruz delegate and just ahead of the better-known chair of the northwest caucus of the state GOP, who was  promoted by super-PAC mailings and robo-calls.

The Committee’s efforts to inform Venango County voters of the candidates' preferred delegates appears to have paid off. Venango County voters did a better job voting for delegates who support or would have supported their presidential choice than did the voters of any other county of the district.