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State of Play in Altmire/Critz Race

The hard-fought primary battle between two Democratic incumbent congressmen – Jason Altmire and Mark Critz – appears to be turning on a question that only a political theorist could love. In a low-turnout primary with two credible incumbents, can the one with wider name recognition and a home-field advantage (in this case, Altmire) beat out the one who has the backing of the district’s most influential interest group (Critz, with strong support from labor unions)?

March 29th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 11 Comments

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Altmire, Critz Accuse Each Other (Accurately) of Favoring Some Parts of New District

Their internal polls show it clearly: Jason Altmire is strongest in his part of the new 12th district, Beaver County and the Pittsburgh suburbs. Mark Critz is strongest in the Johnstown Somerset region. Now both campaigns are sending out recordings of their opponent admitting it.

March 28th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 2 Comments