Reader Poll: Shuster Most Vulnerable to GOP Primary
PoliticsPA readers said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair) is the Republican congressman most vulnerable to a primary challenge.
Shuster took 233 of the 763 votes cast (31%).
The results were likely impacted by the fact that Shuster is the only incumbent with a bona fide challenger.
Businessman Art Halvorson declared his bid in May and has $126,000 cash on hand. PoliticsPA received a forwarded email from his campaign encouraging supporters to vote in the poll.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) finished second with 87 votes. He easily overcame a primary challenge in 2012.
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) finished third with 86 votes. He has a longshot GOP challenger in Larry Stiles, of Johnstown.
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), whose record is among the most moderate in the delegation, came in fourth with 71 votes.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh), who recently complained about his party’s focus on abortion issues, came fifth with 70 votes.
Here are the full results:
Which Republican is most vulnerable to a primary challenge?
- PA-9: Bill Shuster (R-Blair) (31%)
- PA-18: Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) (11%)
- PA-12: Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) (11%)
- PA-8: Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) (9%)
- PA-15: Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) (9%)
- PA-11: Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) (6%)
- PA-16: Joe Pitts (R-Chester) (4%)
- PA-6: Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) (4%)
- PA-10: Tom Marino (R-Lycoming) (4%)
- PA-7: Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) (4%)
- PA-4: Scott Perry (R-York) (3%)
- PA-3: Mike Kelly (R-Butler) (2%)
- PA-5: GT Thompson (R-Centre) (2%)