Free ride for Tim Murphy

Published by James O'Toole on .

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, has never had a really tough re-election fight since first winning the 18th District seat created for him in the post-2000 redistricting, but this time around, it looks like he could have no opposition whatsoever.

No other Republican and no Democrat had bothered to file nominating petitions to challenge him by the Tuesday deadline.  It's still conceivable that an independent could try to get on the ballot in the fall, and, in theory, a write-in candidate could try to grab the Democratic nomination or challenge him in the fall, but those are both tough roads for any potential contender. 

As a practical matter, his Democratic neighbor, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, is equally secure in his re-election bid.  But Mr. Doyle faces at least nominal opposition as Janis C. Brooks, is taking another shot at the nomination she lost overwhelmingly in the last election cycle.  No Republican filed for Mr. Doyle's 14th District seat.

Mr. Murphy faced a Tea-Party allied challenger, Evan Feinberg, in the district's 2012 primary, but beat him easily, with 63 percent of the GOP vote compared to 37 percent for Mr. Feinberg.  In the 2012 general election, Mr. Muphy ran ahead of his party's presidential nominee in the district.  He carried it with 64 percent of the vote over Larry Maggi, while Mitt Romney ran ahead of President Barack Obama by the margin of 58 percent to 41 percent.

The fields for the other congressional races in the region emerged as expected with all of the announced contenders filing thier nominating petitions.

In the 3rd District Rep. Mike Kelly is unopposed for the the GOP nomination.  Democratic newcomer Dan Lavelee is unopposed for the Democratic nomination there.

IN the 12th District, Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley is unopposed in his party primary.  Vying to challenge him on the Democratic side are Erein McClelland, a Harrison Township businesswoman and John Hugya, of Jenner Township, a former aide ot the late Rep. John Murtha.





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