Former Congressman Mark Critz’s decision to run for Lieutenant Governor gave current Congressman Keith Rothfus’ re-election prospects a boost says one national observer.
The Cook Political Report this week upgraded its rating of PA-12 from “Likely Republican” to “Solid Republican”. The non-partisan elections handicapper didn’t issue an explanation for the change, but Critz’s decision has been the only major change in the race.
Rothfus defeated Critz in last year’s election. Critz had been elected and re-elected in 2010 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Democrat John Murtha.
Erin McClelland of Westmoreland County is currently the only Democrat seeking to challenge Rothfus in 2014.