October 31st, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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CNN 100: Fight to the finish in Pennsylvania's 3rd

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here.

Today's featured district is:
Pennsylvania's 3rd- Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper is defending her seat.
Primary: May 18, 2010
Where: The 3rd Congressional District is located in northwestern Pennsylvania
Days Until Election Day: 2

(CNN)– Freshman Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, a small business owner, is facing a tough re-election battle for her swing district seat.

The Republican candidate, auto dealer Mike Kelly, has consistently attacked Dahlkemper over her vote on the health care bill. He has also touted his record of job creation and based his campaign on cutting taxes and reducing spending - a strong platform in a district hit hard by the economic recession.

Dahlkemper drew national attention during the debate over the Obama administration's health care bill, when she joined anti-abortion Democrats including Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak in supporting an amendment for the bill which contained language that would limit federal funding for abortions.

Dahlkemper supported the final version of the bill in the House, which contained the amendment, but has faced criticism for her vote because some opponents of the health care bill feel the provision was not strict enough. She has also been the target of third party attack ads criticizing her stance on abortion.

Dahlkemper, who co-owns a landscape architecture company with her husband, won the 2008 election by two percentage points, narrowly beating out longtime Republican Rep. Phil English.

Recent polling has Kelly ahead of Dahlkemper with two days to go until the election.


Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Kathy Dahlkemper • Mike Kelly • Pennsylvania
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