Pennsylvania Special Is Next Election Battleground
Spin it all you want, but Democrat Ted Deutch was strongly favored last night to win the race to replace Florida’s Robert Wexler. Pennsylvania’s upcoming special election, however, is already regarded by the national parties as a major 2010 battleground.
Current Federal Election Commission reports indicate that the National Republican Congressional Committee has already spent $247,000 on the race, the majority of which went towards a television ad aimed to draw on voter discontent about health care reform. And now Vice President Biden is scheduled to appear at an April 23 fundraiser in Pittsburgh for Democratic candidate Mark Critz.
The May 19 contest is being held to elect a successor to John Murtha, who died in February and left open Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which encompasses the city of Johnstown. A poll conducted in March shows Republican candidate Tim Burns leading Critz by just 4 percentage points with 13 percent undecided, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.