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April 26, 2012

Pennsylvania: Matt Cartwright Misses Call From Vice President Joseph Biden

Attorney Matt Cartwright received congratulatory calls from top Democrats after Tuesday's primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the one call that attorney Matt Cartwright, the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania’s 17th district as of this week, wished his cell phone would have picked up. Instead, Vice President Joseph Biden had to leave his fellow Scrantonian a voice mail Wednesday. Full story

April 24, 2012

Pennsylvania: Redistricting Claims Another Victim as Holden Falls to Cartwright

Rep. Tim Holden (above) will not return for an 11th term after losing to Matt Cartwright in a primary tonight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:26 p.m. | A decade after Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.) beat the odds in a redistricting cycle by defeating a GOP colleague, the Blue Dog lost a Democratic primary tonight as a result of the decennial redrawing process.

Attorney Matt Cartwright easily defeated Holden in the redrawn 17th district, making him the second incumbent to lose re-election this cycle without being defeated by another Member. With 80 percent of the vote counted, Cartwright led 59 percent to 41 percent. Full story

April 17, 2012

Pennsylvania: LCV Drops $230K to Defeat Tim Holden

The pile-on for Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) continued today when the League of Conservation Voters announced a $230,000 television advertisement buy aimed at the Blue Dog Democrat in his upcoming primary and endorsed Holden’s opponent, attorney Matt Cartwright.

Holden is now the underdog in the April 24 primary against Cartwright, Roll Call reported from the ground in the 17th district last week.

About 80 percent of the redrawn district includes new turf for Holden, who’s also losing the spending war in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Cartwright infused almost $400,000 of his own cash into his campaign, plus the Campaign for Primary Accountability vowed to spend $200,000 against Holden.

Now the environmental group joins the spending spree against Holden with its own buy. This spot will run on broadcast and cable stations in the Scranton media market, according to LCV. Full story

April 12, 2012

Pennsylvania: Members Rally to Fund Embattled Holden

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) was burning up the phone lines to his Congressional colleagues in March, just a few weeks ahead of his competitive primary.

Dozens of Democratic House Members anted up more than $70,000 for Holden’s campaign, the Congressman estimated in an interview with Roll Call today.

“Absolutely, it’s a competitive race,” Holden said minutes before a county Democratic Party fundraiser. “We’re being outspent, there’s no question about it. We’re working like we’re 20 points behind, and we’re working every day at it.”

In Holden’s most competitive race in a decade, the Congressman faces attorney Matt Cartwright in the Democratic primary on April 24. Republicans overhauled Holden’s 17th district last year, adding vast amounts of new territory for the 10-term incumbent, including the Democratic strongholds of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Full story

April 9, 2012

Pennsylvania: Challenger’s Poll Shows Tim Holden Trailing

Rep. Tim Holden faces a competitive primary in two weeks. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BEAVER, Pa. — Rep. Tim Holden’s challenger released a new poll today that shows the 10-term Congressman trailing his Democratic opponent just a few weeks before the Keystone State primary.

Attorney Matt Cartwright led Holden, 42 percent to 36 percent, in the poll paid for by Cartwright’s campaign.

The survey is yet another indication that Holden’s political future is on the line in the April 24 primary. Pennsylvania Republicans redrew the Congressional map last year, forcing Holden to seek re-election in a mostly new district. Full story

March 28, 2012

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story

March 21, 2012

Super PAC Looks for Next Primary Targets

The Campaign for Primary Accountability has targeted Rep. Tim Murphy in his April primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Campaign for Primary Accountability aided freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s victory in Tuesday’s primary, and now the group has set its sights on a few more incumbents.

The super PAC will target Pennsylvania Reps. Tim Holden (D) and Tim Murphy (R) in their April 24 primaries, according to spokesman Curtis Ellis. Full story

February 14, 2012

Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date

Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.

A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its controversial proposal for the legislative districts. But there’s growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.

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