AP: Democrat Matt Cartwright takes PA-17

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 6, 2012 10:27 PM

(State College) -- The seat once held by longtime U.S. Rep. Tim Holden is staying in Democratic hands after attorney Matt Cartwright defeated Republican Laureen Cummings.


Cartwright defeated Holden in the Democratic primary in April in the 17th Congressional District. Holden was first elected to Congress in 1992 as a conservative, so-called Blue Dog Democrat.

The district had been redrawn to add tens of thousands more Democrats and the newly added cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Easton. Cartwright had name recognition in Scranton after long running ads for his Moosic law firm.

Cummings is a nurse and small business owner.

The most closely watched U.S. House race in the state was in western Pennsylvania, where Democratic incumbent Mark Critz is facing a stiff challenge from Republican attorney Keith Rothfus.

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