PA-11: What Happens if Barletta Leaves?

pa-11Congressman Lou Barletta is debating whether to accept the opportunity to lead the Department of Labor.

If he decides to the executive branch, where does that leave the 11th Congressional District?

Well, the primary process is rather complex. Instead of an election, the party picks its own nominee.

For the GOP, county parties pick community members who represent precincts in the 11th District. This is particularly relevant as the 11th District spans ten separate counties: Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Perry and Wyoming.

These conferees then choose a nominee which the state party then must ratify.

As for the Democrats, the county parties would recommend candidates to their Executive Committee, which will hold a vote to decide their nominee.

Only then would a special general election take place.

As for who those candidates might be, we’ll tackle that if Barletta makes the leap.

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  4. Joe Peters is hardly a solid R.
    Chris Carney floated the idea about running against Lou in 2012- he’s a possibility.

  5. The PVI is R+6: not exactly an easy lift, but maybe the Ds can find a good Blue Dog candidate to ride the populist wave.

  6. It could be competitive depending on where the candidates live. Hazleton is traditionally D but will vote for their own.

  7. Kanjo is still alive and lives in the district, however the district is so radically different now. Most of the old 11th (Scranton/WB/Pocono Mts) is in the 17th with Cartwright.

  8. Does anyone have a feel about this race? Lets just say generic rep. vs. generic dem–is it competitive or a blow out for the republicans?

  9. C’mon, give us some names to speculate on. Is Kanjorski still alive? As for Barletta, he has to make the jump. He was one on dingy Donald’s first and biggest supporters. Lou, you have to ride the crazy train that you were part of sending down the tracks.

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