Reader Poll: Cartwright Most Vulnerable to Dem Primary
According to PoliticsPA readers, Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) is the Democratic congressman most vulnerable to a primary challenge next year.
Cartwright took a majority, 174 (53%), of the 325 votes cast. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) came in a distant second with 80 votes (24%).
Bob Brady (D-Phila) and Chaka Fattah (D-Phila) came in third and fourth with 43 and 30 votes, respectively.
Cartwright defeated longtime Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) in a 2012 primary.
The results contradict the case made by some liberals, including the blog Keystone Politics, that Cartwright is Pa.’s “Most Valuable Democrat”:
We would expect a member of Congress in a D+4 district to vote with progressives (different from voting with the Democratic Party, as you’ll learn) about 80.409% of the time. Matt Cartwright has actually been voting with progressives 88.913% of the time as of this week’s update, which includes the NSA vote. He’s delivering excellent value to progressives, and is currently the only member of the PA delegation who doesn’t have a positive (bad) primary score.
Mike Doyle and Chaka Fattah are both among 58 congressional Democrats who were named by the startup progressive site “Primary Colors.”
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montco) is pursuing a bid for Governor and not seeking re-election.
At this stage in the game, however, none of Pa.’s congressional Democrats faces primary challenge at all, let alone one that would threaten their seat.
Here are the full results:
Which Democrat is most vulnerable to a primary challenge?
- PA-17: Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) (54%)
- PA-14: Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) (25%)
- PA-1: Bob Brady (D-Phila) (13%)
- PA-2: Chaka Fattah (D-Phila) (9%)