What a difference a decade makes.
In the 2006 midterm elections, every single Democrat running for office in Cambria County, the county this old industrial city sits in, garnered nearly 70 percent of the voters’ support up and down the ballot. From Gov. Ed Rendell, to Sen. Bob Casey, to the late congressman Jack Murtha, they all owned this region electorally.
Same goes for the legislative races for the state House and Senate.
Ten years later, nearly every single Republican running for office here garnered nearly 70 percent of the voters support up and down the ballot with the exception of two state house seats. Donald J. Trump, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Keith Rothfus all won broadly.