Republican Tom Corbett defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania governor.
Supporters of Corbett gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.
Corbett said he would work hard for the people of Pennsylvania.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Corbett holds 55 percent of the vote, with Onorato attaining 45 percent.
The test of Corbett’s leadership, he said, will be in how well he follows through on his campaign promise to offset a projected $5 billion budget shortfall without raising state taxes or fees – “whether he really has the moxie and the stomach to do what (Gov. Chris) Christie did in New Jersey.”
In his victory speech, Corbett spoke of the need for bipartisanship.
“I understand with this election that I am the governor of all Pennsylvania, not Republicans, not Democrats, but of all Pennsylvania,” he said.
Onorato called his run for governor the greatest opportunity of a lifetime.
He thanked family, staff and supporters and now he can get back to being County Executive of Allegheny County.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)