February 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Competitive race brews in Murtha's district

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Washington (CNN) - The mountains and valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania seem a world away from Washington, but they may soon be the scene of a fierce campaign battle between Democrats and Republicans.

Monday's death of Democratic Rep. John Murtha triggers a special election for his office, and conventional wisdom says the GOP has a good chance to pick up a House seat.

While Murtha rarely had any serious challenges in his 18 re-election contests, his party doesn't dominate what's considered a socially conservative district, which stretches from Cambria County in west-central Pennsylvania down to the southwestern corner of the state.

In the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry won Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District by 2 percentage points. But Sen. John McCain narrowly edged out Barack Obama in that district in the 2008 presidential contest, even though Obama carried the state by 10 percent. The 12th was the only congressional district Kerry won in 2004 that McCain carried four years later.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. D.U.T.C.H.

    The man hasn't even been buried in the ground yet. Geesh!!!

    February 11, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    It is quite sad that most politicians, it seems like, do not focus on what is facing our country, but only focus on getting re-elected or elected. What hope is there for me, if there is no cooperation between the two parties that are in Congress at this current point of time. I think that both parties need to start the correct form of thinking to do what might not be too popular and doing what is right and necessary. To have a prosperous America again, we have to educate ourselves further beyond than we do right now; let me explain.
    Refrain from slang: Slang is an informal and sometimes private vocubulary that expresses the solidarity of a group such as teenagers, rock musicians, or supporters of any groups or organizations. Although, it does have certain vitality, slang is a code that not everyone understands, and it is too informal for most professional, written work.
    Refrain from sexist language: Sexist language is language that sterotypes any type of gender of a human being. Such language arises from sterotypical thinking, from traditional pronoun use, and from words used to refer indefinitely to both sexes.
    Refrain from general steorotypical thinking: When you think or express your ideas in writing or in oratory manners, be sure to think them out clearly, professionaly, and in an intelligent manner.
    Most importantly, refrain from offensive language: Obviously it is impolite to use offensive language if you want to be taken in a serious manner. Here are a few examples I keep seeing: libtard, obummer, obambie, odumbie, socialist, communist, retard, and rethuglicans; that type of language is aweless, bad-mannered, contemptuous, impertinent, impious,baneful, flagitious, rancorous, and profanatory.
    We need to start thinking in a broad sense view of what issues and events that are facing the world; economically, scientifically, politically, psychologically, mythologically, legally, historically, cultural, and in a moral/ personal view of the world as well. If we do not edify ourselves to become more civilized, then we have only ourselves to blame for why we are in the dilemma we are in at this current moment. Think about this question: Do we have the moral obligation to leave the inner and outer environment in good shape for our children and grandchildren, or are we at liberty to use up all of our inner and outer resources in our lifetimes? It is our choice to make; lets choose wisely for our own sake.

    February 11, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Enitan

    Why do we need to know about this???????????????

    Really Really news worthy???????????

    Is this what CNN is reduced to?????????????////

    February 11, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Dar

    This is a coal and steel state and Odumbo wants to get his Cap and Tax bill put through and the people in this state are ticked off about it.
    Good chance a republican will win this seat too.
    Odumbo has single handed killed the Dems this year with the way he has handled his office. He has no idea what he's doing and the American people see that now.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 11, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The buzzards are circling before Murtha has been laid to rest. Absolutely no respect.

    February 11, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |