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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.

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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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