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:
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.
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.