Actually, I thought the Republican had a great chance to take the seat, given that Critz would not wield anywhere near the power that Murtha did, being the head of the Armed Services Committee, which he used to bring a crapload of pork to Pennsylvania.Democrat Mark Critz, a former congressional aide, has defeated Republican businessman Tim Burns in the special election for Pennsylvania's 12th district, the Associated Press reports.
The special election has been portrayed as something of a bellwether race for this year's midterm elections, giving renewed hope for Democrats.
However, I wouldn't read the tea leaves and say that this is good for Democrats. This was just another race, and there will be many more of them come November. My take on it is that neither candidate was part of the establishment, which really leveled the playing field in a year in which establishment candidates are despised.
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