The Campaign Spot

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Looking for ‘No Excuses’ in Pennsylvania’s 12th


I talk Pennsylvania-12 with Will Cain.

The silver lining: In Pennsylvania’s 11th district, Paul Kanjorski, incumbent Democrat, finished with 49 percent, a plurality in a three-way primary. Put another way, with no reason for Republicans to go to the polls, uncontested GOP candidate Lou Barletta won 28,311 votes in that district; with the Senate primary excitement and a contested primary, Kanjorski finished with 33,783 votes. Barletta can win this, but he’s got to win independents and persuade some of those Democrats who were disinclined to vote for Kanjorski that he’s the better choice.

Tags: Mark Critz , Tim Burns


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