January 8th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
8 years ago

After dropping gubernatorial bid, Rep. Gerlach running for re-election

Washington (CNN) - One day after he gave up his bid for governor of Pennsylvania, Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach will announce Friday that he's running this year for re-election, a Republican source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

Gerlach announced on his campaign Web site Thursday that he was no longer a candidate for governor.

"I intend to continue to raise my voice, and work hard in the months and years ahead," Gerlach said in a statement on the Web site.

Gerlach has represented Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional district, in the southeast part of the state, for four terms. All four of his election victories have been by narrow margins. Sen. John Kerry won the district by 3 points in the 2004 presidential election and Barack Obama took the district by 17 points in 2008.

Gerlach cited fundraising as the main reason for dropping his bid for governor. Polls over the past few months indicated the congressman trailed Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett by double digits in the battle for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. State Sen. Sam Rohrer also remains in the contest.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term limited and prevented from running for re-election. There is a crowded field of Democrats vying to succeed Rendell.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Silence Dogoode

    Quit flip flopping, people will think you are Obama or John Kerry...

    January 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. George

    He will lose because the teabaggers will make it happen. The unstable wackos are the best thing we dems ever had. Keep up the good work wackos. Thank you!!

    January 8, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. dee

    So wh is the dem running against him? i need to know who i am voting for!

    January 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. DJG

    We need someone to move our district forward. Unfortunately we'll be stuck with a career politician like Gerlach because people in the 6th district are too afraid of change. We'll continue to hear the same tired old Republicon arguments over and over. What a shame . . .

    January 8, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |