Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria) has had to fight hard to keep his seat. He first defeated a Republican challenger in a heated May 2010 special election, then earned a repeat victory that same November – against the same candidate.
But Republicans have kept their eye on the prize. They redrew the 12th district to make it more conservative leaning in the hopes that they could pick it up this fall.
This April, Critz bested his fellow Dem Jason Altmire (D-Allegheny) in a fratricidal primary race, but he can’t seem to catch a break – because now the lead against his general election opponent is shrinking.
Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz has the report:
A new Democratic poll showed Rep. Mark Critz leading his GOP opponent, attorney Keith Rothfus, by a slim 6-point margin in the competitive southwestern Pennsylvania district.
Critz led Rothfus, 44 percent to 38 percent, in the survey conducted for House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, and the SEIU.
Benenson Strategy Group conducted the House Majority PAC and SEIU poll of 400 likely general election voters from July 9 to 11. The survey had a margin of error of 4.9 points.