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PA Congressional winners look ahead to Washington

Written by Scott Detrow | Nov 7, 2012 2:00 AM

(Undated) -- In the first election since Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts were redrawn, only one of 18 seats changed hands.

Democratic incumbent Mark Critz lost to Republican Keith Rothfus in the 12th district, which stretches from Johnstown to northern Pittsburgh. Every other Pennsylvania representative won a second term.

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Still, Central Pennsylvania will send two new congressmen to Washington next year. Republican Scott Perry won the 4th Congressional District, which was vacated by Todd Platts. Perry will represent Cumberland and York Counties, as well as Harrisburg. He says he’ll fight against federal spending once he’s sworn in. “The crushing debt that we have, and the overspending at the federal level. I’m going to work to solve that problem through a balanced budget amendment or any way we can.”

On the other side of the spectrum, Democrat Matthew Cartwright says he’ll fight against cuts to federal entitlements. “There are forces in this country that really want to take Medicare and Social Security, and change them quite radically,” he told witf.

Cartwright will represent Schuylkill County in the radically-redrawn 17th district. He defeated Democrat Tim Holden, the dean of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, in an April primary. “I’m going to have to work very hard to fill his shoes for the folks in Schuylkill County,” he says.

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