Let’s bring some of the online horse race to Adams County, Pa. politics.

People searching online for local candidates often stumble onto this site. I’ve written a bit about local races, solely in the context of yard signage. The chief contests are to replace two retiring GOP lawmakers, Sen. Terry Punt and Rep. Steve Nickol. I added up the numbers to determine the most-searched replacement candidates as of today, and it’s bad news for Jim Taylor:

For Punt’s seat:

  1. Rich Alloway: 11*
  2. Cathy Cresswell:10*
  3. Bob Curley: 1
  4. Jim Taylor: 0

For Nickol’s seat:

  1. Will Tallman: 4
  2. Mike Rishel: 1

* Three searches combined Cresswell and Alloway into a single search. I added three to each candidate’s total

Now, a killjoy statistician would argue that my sample is completely unrepresentative — and far too small, to boot. It only includes searchers who bothered to click onto my site. So what? It’s not like people following these races online have tons of material to wade through. So, the fact that they — you — wind up here indicates a higher level of enthusiasm and potentially translates into support at the polls.

So, you can wait until the primary is over in two weeks. But I’m ready to call this thing now: Alloway is your next state senator and Tallman is your next state representative — subject to any change in the numbers between now and April 22.

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