Tim Murphy Fends Off Tea Party Challenger

Rep. Tim Murphy has won his primary against challenger, Evan Feinberg.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Feinberg trailed Murphy by 26 percent. Murphy held his own at 63.2 percent of the vote, while Feinberg won only 36.8 percent.

Both candidates were confident as the day played out, giving positive updates to PoliticsPA. With volunteers from both camps at the polling centers, phone banking, and knocking on doors, both Murphy and Feinberg seemed optimistic.

Some in the national media expected Feinberg to give him a difficult fight for the seat early on. Feinberg was endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite and Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative stalwart in the Senate.

Kirk Holman, former Republican official in southwestern PA and political savant said “If you look at the more rural counties in the district like Greene where there was a substantial Tea Party movement, you have Murphy winning with 70 percent.”

“In Washington County, where Feinberg grew up, Murphy won with two-thirds of the vote,” Holman continued.

“This should have been an ideal election for the Tea Party to show strength — a low turnout election that would allow a passionate group to determine the outcome. Instead, it showed that the Tea Party had inspired absolutely no passion.”

Murphy will face Larry Maggi this fall. Maggi ran unopposed in the primary and won the Democratic Nomination with over 37,804 votes, according to a press release by the Maggi camp.

Louis Jacobson contributed to this report.

3 Responses

  1. Although I was one of Evan Feinberg’s biggest supporters, the primary is now over and I will be supporting Tim Murphy against Maggi. While Murphy has disappointed many of us in many votes over the years, the Democrat will be supporting the Obama disemboweling of America.

    Since the Feinberg announcement and a challenge from the right, Murphy has voted more consistently with conservatives and I hope that he continues to do so in the future, elsewise, we will be back here again for the 2014 election.

    Greg Wrightstone

  2. Mine is still up. The incumbent raised money from special interests and then used it to defeat a principled conservative. If you are celebrating, you are not educated on this race.

  3. I noticed some ding-dongs in my neighborhood who took down their Evan Feinberg signs even before the election took place. Haha!!!

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